Beat the heat: Cooling centers and more around the Valley

The Fresno BeeJuly 9, 2013 

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At right April Valenzuela and her children, Elbert Vargas, 11, and Nicholas Valenzuela, 3, walk back to the car after swimming in the pool at Fink-White Park in southwest Fresno on a hot afternoon on July 8, 2013.

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Fresno cooling centers

Hours: Noon to 8 p.m.

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.; and Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo Ave.

Fresno splash parks

The free water-play areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. except for Tuesdays, when maintenance is done. Then they are open from noon to 8 p.m. Locations: Dickey Park Playground, 50 N. Calaveras St.; Figarden Loop Park, 4265 W. Figarden Drive; Todd Beamer Neighborhood Park, 1890 E. Plymouth Way.

Fresno swimming pools

The city says that when it's cooling centers are open, swimming is free at these pools: Airways, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and Mosqueda, Frank H. Ball and Mary Ella Brown, 1 to 5 p.m. Pools at Romain, Einstein, Quigley, Fink White and Pinedale are always free for recreational swimming and open from 1 to 5 p.m., the city says.

Cooling centers elsewhere

Clovis: The city will direct people to Sierra Vista Mall, 1050 Shaw Ave., Clovis. The mall is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Transportation is available to cool zones through Clovis Stageline at (559) 324-2770 and Clovis Roundup at (559) 324-2760.

Coalinga: The city offers places to stay cool at City Hall, the library and the senior center during regular business hours. The Coalinga Police Department's front lobby at 270 N. Sixth St. and the Coalinga Fire Department at 300 W. Elm St. are available as cooling centers 24 hours a day.

Sanger: City will open its annex building from noon to 6 p.m. when temperatures reach 105. Elderly residents also can use the Sanger Senior Center from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kings County: Plan for extreme heat includes directing people to the Hanford Mall and county library branches, among other places, when heat is too much to bear. Call (800) 649-5399 for details.

Hanford: Community cooling center at Longfield Center, 560 S. Douty St., open from 1 to 9 p.m.

Madera: Pan Am Community Center, 703 E. Sherwood Way, Madera, (559) 675-2095. Open weekdays 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Madera Rescue Mission, 332 Elm Ave., Madera, (559) 675-8321, open on an "as needed" basis.

Yosemite Lakes Park: Clubhouse, 30250 Yosemite Springs Parkway, Coarsegold, (559) 658-7466, Daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Visalia: City will open its transit center at 425 E. Oak Ave. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (559) 713-4266 for details.

Tulare County: Go here for a list of cooling centers in other Tulare County communities.

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