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Tempe relocates its cooling center starting June 29

Post Date:06/25/2020 8:00 AM

The City of Tempe is relocating its cooling center to the Pyle Adult Recreation Center starting June 29. The move provides a central location for people to cool off, as other city facilities reopen to the north and south.

The new Tempe Cooling Center, at 655 E. Southern Ave., will only be open for heat relief.  No activities or programming are available there, and the building is not open to the general public except for this specific purpose.

The cooling center will be open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and offers tables and chairs, electrical outlets as available, and bottled water.

Those in need can also cool off at some city facilities. Limited services are available; visitors can use building lobbies and drinking fountains. Those facilities include Kiwanis Recreation Center and the Escalante, North Tempe and Westside multi-generational centers. For days and hours, visit Tempe.gov/HeatRelief.

Due to the pandemic, many of the region’s heat relief options are severely limited. The City of Tempe does not usually operate a designated cooling center during the summer but recognized the need for this COVID-specific response as 100-degree temperatures began arriving quickly.

The city initially opened the Cahill Cooling Center in north Tempe May 18. To date, the center has had roughly 250 visitors. The Cahill location closes at 5 p.m. June 28.

Details of the new Tempe Cooling Center at Pyle include:

  • Trained staff are onsite at all times.
  • All patrons must undergo health screenings before entering.
  • Patrons who do not pass the screening may not enter and will be referred to the city’s CARE 7 crises response team for guidance.
  • Masks are required and provided as needed.
  • Physical distancing is being enforced.
  • Unaccompanied minors are not allowed.

A heat relief center operated by The Salvation Army at 40 E. University Dr. is also open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on days with excessive heat warnings.

Find more details about places to cool off in the city, as well as resources about getting help with utility bills and emergency air-conditioning repair at Tempe.gov/HeatRelief.

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