Guide: Cooling centers around the tri-state area

Cooling centers are opening around the tri-state area to help residents during the current wave of scorching temperatures.

News 12 Staff

Jul 19, 2020, 12:09 AM

Updated 652 days ago

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Guide: Cooling centers around the tri-state area
Cooling centers are opening around the tri-state area to help residents during the current wave of scorching temperatures.
NOTE: Not all cooling centers in the list below are open, as some only open as needed. Capacity may be limited. Please call the center before you head out.
Here's a list of some centers in the tri-state:

CONNECTICUT

To find the closest cooling center to you in Connecticut, call 211 or click here.
Bridgeport
City splashpads will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Click here for more information and locations.
Senior Centers (Open only weekdays):
Black Rock Senior Center
2676 Fairfield Ave.
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
North End Bethany Senior Center
20 Thorme St.
Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Bridgeport Public Library Branches:
East Side Branch
1174 East Main St.
Hours: Friday/Saturday - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Main Branch
925 Broad St.
Hours: Monday/Tuesday - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday/Thursday - 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Friday/Saturday - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Black Rock Branch
2705 Fairfield Ave.
Hours: Monday/Wednesday - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday - 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Friday/Saturday - 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
North Branch
3455 Madison Ave.
Hours: Monday/Wednesday - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday - 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Friday/Saturday - 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Other Cooling Centers:
Mount Aery Church
73 Frank St.
Hours:  July 19 & July 20 only - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Brookfield
Brookfield Library
182 Whisconier Road
Hours: Normal business hours; Tuesday/Thursday - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Monday/Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday/Saturday - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Brookfield Senior Center
100 Pocono Road
Hours: Normal business hours
Easton
Easton Senior Center

650 Morehouse Road
For more information on cooling centers, please call the Easton Police Department at (203) 268-4111
Easton EMS
448 Sport Hill Road
For more information on cooling centers, please call the Easton Police Department at (203) 268-4111
Greenknoll YMCA
2 Huckleberry Hill Road
Hours: Normal business hours; 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
Greenwich
Greenwich Library
101 W. Putnam Ave.
Hours: Monday-Thursday - 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday/Saturday - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday - 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Town of Greenwich Public Safety Complex
11 Bruce Place 
Dates: Aug. 2-Aug. 5
More Information
Perrot Memorial Library
90 Sound Beach Ave.
Old Greenwich
Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday - 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday - 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Byram Shubert Library
21 Mead Ave.
Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday - 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cos Cob Library
5 Sinawoy Road
Cos Cob
Hours: Monday - 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center
449 Pemberwick Road
Hours: Monday-Friday - 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday - 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sunday - 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Greenwich Public Safety Complex
11 Bruce Place
Hours: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Daily
New Canaan
New Canaan Library
151 Main St.
Aug. 2-5 -9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Lapham Community Center
Waveny Park - 677 South Ave.
Wednesday, Aug. 3 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
New Milford
The Senior Center (for seniors only)

40 Main St.
New Milford
Hours: Opens at 8 a.m.
Town Hall - E. Paul Martin Room
Tuesday & Wednesday only
Hours: Opens at 8 a.m.
Town Hall - Loretta Brickley Room
Thursday & Friday only
Hours: Opens at 8 a.m.
Oddfellows Hall
25 Danbury Road
Hours: Opens at 8 a.m.
Norwalk
Norwalk Library - Main Branch
1 Belden Ave.
Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Friday/Saturday - 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday - 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Norwalk Library - South Norwalk Branch
10 Washington St.
Hours: Monday & Wednesday-Saturday - 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tuesday - 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Norwalk Police Department Community Room
1 Monroe St.
Hours: 24 hours/seven days a week
Stratford
Baldwin Center

1000 W. Broad St.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                           
Stratford Library
2203 Main St.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Stratford YMCA
3045 Main St.
Hours: Saturday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
City of Torrington
The Torrington City Hall Auditorium
Westport Cooling Centers
Center for Senior Activities
21 Imperial Ave.
Hours: Monday - Friday - 8:30 a.m.-4:30.p.m.
Westport Museum for History and Culture
25 Avery Place
Hours: Tuesday/Wednesday & Friday-Sunday - 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday - 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Westport/Weston Family Y
14 Alan Raymond Lane
Hours: Monday-Sunday - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Longshore Pool
Longshore Club Park, off S. Compo
Hours: Monday – Friday - 12:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Winsted
Cooling centers will be open Aug. 2-Aug. 5, 2022
Town Hall Francis P. Hicks Room - Second floor
338 Main St.
Hours: Monday - Wednesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Winsted Senior Center
For seniors and disabled 55 & older
80 Holabird Ave.
Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Beardsley & Memorial Library
40 Munro Place
Hours: Tuesday/Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday/Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Note: Beardsley & Memorial Library does not have an air conditioning system
Local Winsted businesses volunteering as cooling centers during their normal business hours.
Dunkin' Donuts at 3 Main St.
Dunkin' Donuts at 760 Main St.
Winsted News (The cigar Store) at 420 Main St.
Kent Pizza at 536 Main St.
McDonald’s at 7 Main St.
McGrane’s on the Green at 37 Park Place
WestAsa’s Place at 135 Main St.

LONG ISLAND

While Nassau County usually has three designated cooling centers, Suffolk County does not. However, some towns offer cooling centers and areas where you can cool off. See below for some of the sites. As always, please call to check that they're open before you head out.
Cantiague Park Administration Office 
480 W John St.
Hicksville
Phone: (516) 571-7058
Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Conference Room
Wantagh Administration Building 
1 King Road
Wantagh
Phone: (516) 571-7460
Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Community Room
Mitchel Field Administration Building 
1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Uniondale
Phone: (516) 572-0400
Open 24 hours until further notice
First Floor
*NOTE: Any residents at Cantiague or Wantagh at closing time will be transported to Mitchel Field  
Town of Hempstead cooling centers information - (516) 489-5000 | Website
Town of Huntington 
Beaches will have extended lifeguard hours through 7 p.m. Click here for more information. Free access to beaches for duration of heat wave.
Cooling Centers for residents only:
Dix Hills Park

Dix Hills Pool & Lobby of Clark Gillies Arena (formerly Dix Hills Ice Rink)  
Free access to pool for duration of heat wave 
575 Vanderbilt Parkway
Dix Hills 
Hours: 12:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. on weekdays. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Phone: Department of Parks & Recreation - (631) 351-3089; Clark Gillies Arena - (631) 462-5883 
Elwood Park
Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Memorial Spray Park  
Recreation ID Card requirement waived for duration of heat wave 
Cuba Hill Road (between Harmon Drive and Elwood Road)
Elwood 
Hours: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for children with special needs); 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (for general public)
Phone: Department of Parks & Recreation - (631) 351-3089
John J. Flanagan Center/Senior Center 
423 Park Ave.
Huntington
Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (weekdays only)
Phone: (631) 351-3253 
Manor Field Park
Manor Field Spray Park  
Recreation ID Card requirement waived for duration of heat wave 
East 5th Street (between Park Avenue and Lenox Road)
Huntington Station 
Hours: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for children with special needs); 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (for general public)
Phone: Department of Parks & Recreation - (631) 351-3089
Town of Oyster Bay
All pool facilities will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Aug. 4 & 5 including:
  • Marjorie Post Community Park in Massapequa
  • Syosset-Woodbury Community Park
  • Bethpage Community Park
  • Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park
  • Tappen Beach in Glenwood Landing
Swimming at town beaches, including TOBAY Beach and Spray Park, will remain open until 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, and Friday, Aug. 5.
Additionally, Cooling Centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the following facilities:
  • Marjorie Post Park Community Center, Unqua Road & Merrick Road, Massapequa
  • Syosset-Woodbury Park Community Center, 7800 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury
  • Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating center, 1001 Stewart Ave., Bethpage
Town of Riverhead 
Will be open 8/4 and 8/5.
Riverhead Senior Center - (631) 722-4444
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

NEW JERSEY

To find the closest cooling center to you in New Jersey, call 211 or click here.
Carlstadt
Office of Emergency Management will be opening cooling centers from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 and Tuesday, Aug. 9 The cooling centers are located at:
  • Carlstadt Civic Center – 425 Fourth St.
  • Carlstadt Borough Hall – 500 Madison St. – 2nd Floor Council Chambers
Linden
Linden Public Library

31 East Henry St.
Hours: Monday/Wednesday - 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday - 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
John T. Gregorio Recreation Center
330 Helen St.
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Linden Multi-Purpose Center
1025 John St.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Middlesex Library
1300 Mountain Ave.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday - 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Newark Cooling Centers
Click here for a list of recreational summer hours - open to Newark residents only.
Click here for a list of senior centers and cooling centers.
Click here for a list of emergency shelters.
New Brunswick
Unity Square Community Center
81 Remsen Ave.
Hours: Wednesday, Aug. 3 - 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
North Brunswick Library 
880 Hermann Road
North Brunswick
Phone: (732) 247-0922
North Brunswick residents only
Hours: Tuesday, Aug. 2 - Wednesday, Aug. 3 - 9:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 -12:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 - 9:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
North Brunswick Senior Center
15 Linwood Place
North Brunswick
North Brunswick residents only
Hours: Tuesday, Aug. 2 through Friday, Aug. 5 - 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Roselle Park Casano Community Center
314 Chestnut St.
Roselle Park
Phone: (908) 245-0666
Hours: Monday-Friday - 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
South Brunswick Police Department Lobby
540 Ridge Road
South Brunswick
Phone: (732) 329-4646
South Brunswick Public Library
The Christopher J. Killmurray Building
110 Kingston Lane
Monmouth Junction
Phone: (732) 329-4000 ext. 7290
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday from 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Woodbridge Township Cooling Centers (Call the centers for hours)
- Woodbridge Main Library, 1 George Frederick Plaza: (732-634-4450)
- Fords Branch Library, 211 Ford Avenue: (732-726-7071)
- Iselin Branch Library, 1081 Green Street, Iselin: (732-726-7073)
- Evergreen Senior Center, 400 Inman Avenue, Colonia: (732-726-6262)
- Five Branches Senior Center, 1 Brown Avenue, Iselin: (732-726-6277)
- Hickory Senior Center, 17 Corrielle Street, Fords: (732-726-6288)
- Maple Tree Senior Center, 109 Morrisey Avenue, Avenel: (732-259-0910)
- Oak Tree Senior Center, 571 Lincoln Hwy, Iselin: (732-259-2008)
- Sycamore Senior Center, 290 Old Road, Port Reading, (732-726-7087)
- Woodbridge Community Center (WCC), 600 Main Street, Woodbridge: (732-596-4170)
- Woodbridge Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza:  (732-855-0600)

NEW YORK CITY

There are more than 160 cooling centers open throughout the city. To find the closest one to you, call 311 or click here. To find the closest NYC Parks outdoor pools click here. 

NEW YORK STATE

To find a cooling center in New York, click here for the state Department of Health's website.

DUTCHESS COUNTY

Click here for cooling centers, choose Dutchess County from the dropdown.  
Pleasant Valley Library
1584 Main St.
Pleasant Valley
Phone: (845) 635-8460
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Poughkeepsie Public Safety Building
505 Main St.
Poughkeepsie
Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Aug. 5
Pool info

ORANGE COUNTY

Municipal Center
1 Municipal Square
Walden
Phone: (845) 778-2177
Port Jervis Youth/Community Center
138 Pike St.
Port Jervis
Second floor
Phone: (845) 858-4000
Hours: Monday-Friday - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Warwick Town Senior Center
132 Kings Highway
Warwick
Phone: (845) 986-1124

PUTNAM COUNTY

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ROCKLAND COUNTY

Click here for cooling centers, choose Rockland County from the dropdown.    
Click here for a list from the Congers-Valley Cottage Ambulance Corp.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY

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Dobbs Ferry Library
55 Main St.
Dobbs Ferry
Hours: Monday/Wednesday - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday/Saturday - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
News 12 will update this list as more information becomes available.


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