Cooling centers to open in Fresno during weekend heat wave

FRESNO, California - With a possible record-setting heat wave gripping the Central Valley this weekend and into next week, Fresno is opening "cooling centers" for those who would normally go without air conditioning.

The City of Fresno Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services Department (PARCS) will open its cooling centers on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

Cooling centers will be open at the following locations:

  • Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Ave.
  • Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, 760 Mayor Ave.
  • Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler Ave.
  • Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo Ave.
  • Romain Neighborhood Park, 745 N. First St.

In addition, the City’s FAX bus system will provide free transportation along normal routes to and from cooling center sites when the centers are open, city officials said. To ride free, residents must indicate they are traveling to a cooling center.

City swimming pools are free for recreational swim from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They're located at:

  • Frank H. Ball, 760 Mayor Ave.
  • Mary Ella Brown, 1350 E. Annadale Ave.
  • Mosqueda, 4870 E. Butler Ave.

Residents may also take advantage of the new Blue Space program which partners the city with the Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) to provide recreational swim and swim lessons at Fresno high school swimming pools.

Some school pools are closed due to sporting events, but pools at Hoover, McLane and Roosevelt high schools will be open and free of charge.

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