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Confusion over opening time leaves two Fresno cooling centers closed

In a June 2015 file photo, Wendi Danyluk of Fresno’s recreation department puts up a sign at the Ted C. Wills Community Center. Because of hot weather, the city will open its cooling centers for the first time this year on June 2, 2016.
In a June 2015 file photo, Wendi Danyluk of Fresno’s recreation department puts up a sign at the Ted C. Wills Community Center. Because of hot weather, the city will open its cooling centers for the first time this year on June 2, 2016. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

Cooling centers will open in Fresno at noon Thursday as the city’s forecasted high temperature is 105 degrees.

City officials said that number is the trigger for opening the centers – places where anyone can seek relief during a heat wave.

The centers will be open from noon to 8 p.m. The centers are:

  • 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.

Fresno’s FAX bus system will provide free transportation for anyone who needs to get to a cooling center. Passengers should indicate to the driver that is why they are boarding.

Cooling centers also are open in Madera at these locations:

  • Pan Am Community Center (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), 703 E. Sherwood Way
  • Frank Bergon Senior Center (8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), 238 South D Street

Visalia Transit Center also is open to people who need relief from the heat. Located at 425 E. Oak Ave., the center is open as a cooling center from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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