City opens ‘Cool Zones’ as temperatures soar across region
Published - 08/19/20 - 07:30 AM | 1877 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print

As a heatwave continues throughout the San Diego region, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced on Aug. 18 that the City of San Diego has opened several recreation centers, libraries and other public buildings as “Cool Zones” for San Diegans to seek relief from the heat.

“These elevated temperatures can be dangerous for San Diegans who are not accustomed to the heat and may not have access to air conditioning,” Faulconer said. “These cool zones are a place to beat the heat, keep cool and stay safe during the heatwave.”

Each facility will be open from noon to 5 p.m. through Sunday, Aug. 23. Additional locations may be added and dates extended depending on the severity and duration of the heatwave. Service animals will be allowed entry.

The following locations are open today: 



MLK Recreation Center

6401 Skyline Drive

Mountain View Community Center

641 South Boundary Drive

Mid-City Gymnasium

4302 Landis Street

Cesar Chavez Community Center

455 Sycamore Road

Central Library

330 Park Blvd.

Due to the continued threat of COVID-19, safety measures will be in place to protect the health of residents and staff. To ensure physical distancing, capacity will be limited. All visitors and staff will be subject to mandatory temperature checks and COVID-19 health screening questions before entering the facility, and guidelines for the use of face coverings and physical distancing will be strictly adhered to.

For more information regarding Cool Zones throughout the County and other suggested measures for beating the heat, visit



During this hot weather, seniors can stay home and stay cool! Even with some Cool Zone sites opening up at the end of May, not all seniors or persons with disabilities can leave home to escape the heat.  Homebound individuals, those lacking transportation, and those who decide to stay home due to the risk of COVID-19, may not be able to take advantage of traditional Cool Zone sites.

To help these community members beat the heat, the County of San Diego, in partnership with SDG&E, provides free electric fans to those who are living on limited incomes. To be eligible, a resident must not have access to an air conditioned space at their home or apartment building. To learn more about the fan program or to request a fan, call Aging & Independence Services at (800) 339-4661. 




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