City keeps Cooling Stations open as extreme heat continues

Officials with the City of El Paso announced that the city-wide Cooling Centers will remain open through Sunday, June 20, as the region continues to face an extreme heat wave with triple-digit temperatures.

Health and emergency officials urge the community, especially senior residents, to stay as cool as possible in order to avoid heat-related illnesses.

In addition to the previously announced cooling stations, the El Paso Office of Emergency Management, in collaboration with the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Center and the Extreme Weather Task Force, are opening an additional cooling station at the Memorial Park Senior Center today, Saturday, June 12.

Due to low demand, the cooling station at Officer David Ortiz Recreation Center will be closed. Its last day will be on Sunday, June 13. Guests will be directed to the Valle Bajo Community Center just one mile south of the recreation center starting on Monday, June 14.

The free cooling stations are located at:

  • Galatzan Rec Center, 650 Wallenberg Dr. (Districts 1 and 8)
  • Memorial Park Senior Center, 1800 Byron St. (District 2)
  • Veterans Rec Center, 5301 Salem Dr. (District 4)
  • Chamizal Rec Center, 2101 Cypress Ave. (District 8)
  • Gary Del Palacio Rec Center, 3001 Parkwood St. (District 3 and 7)
  • Valle Bajo Community Center, 7380 Alameda Ave. (District 3 and 7)
  • Marty Robbins Rec Center, 11620 Vista del Sol Dr. (Districts 5, 6 and 7)

The cooling stations are open on the following schedules:

  • Monday through Thursdayfrom 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturdayfrom 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sundayfrom noon to 7 p.m.

​Officials add that the use of face masks is strongly encouraged. For more information about heat safety, click here.