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City Opens “Cool Zones” As Temperatures Soar Across Region

City Buildings Open to Help San Diegans Beat the Heat

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE

NOTE: This page was updated on Oct. 14, 2020, to reflect current Cool Zones opening.

SAN DIEGO – As a heatwave continues throughout the San Diego region, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced today 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,” Mayor 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 12 to 5 p.m. through Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. 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 currently open:  



Cesar Chavez Community Center

455 Sycamore Road

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center 6401 Skyline Drive

Mid-City Gymnasium

4302 Landis Street

Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center 18448 West Bernardo Drive

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 coolzones.org.

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