Fresno Cooling Centers Active this Weekend

July 17, 2009 6:00:44 PM PDT
This week's hot temperatures triggered operation of the City of Fresno Cooling Centers on Wednesday. The City would like to advise residents that the Cooling Centers will be open through Sunday. City staff will evaluate the forecast and issue follow-up announcement on Monday for next week.Fresno PARCS would also like to remind residents that community centers maintain M-F hours separate from the Cooling Center activations and on hot days less than 105, they are still an option for heat relief. Residents are encouraged to call 621-CITY for Cooling Center activation status.

City of Fresno Cooling Center Protocol

When the National Weather Service (NWS), forecasts a high of 105 degrees or hotter, the City will activate 6 Cooling Centers strategically located throughout the City at Noon and they will remain open until 9 p.m. In addition, the City's FAX Bus system will provide free transportation along normal routes to and from the Cooling Center sites. To ride free, residents must indicate they are traveling to a Cooling Center. Individuals should refer to the FAX schedule to determine the final evening departure for buses.

PARCS also provides free swimming from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at all City operated pool locations. The City will be operating 4 standard pools, 3 high school pools and 5 learner pools for youth ages 3-12 (*learner pools are free regardless of the temperature but like high school pools, are closed on Sundays).

The 2009 Cooling Centers are made possible through a $15,000 donation from PG&E.

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