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Beat the Heat

If the sun is making it hard to get through the day, then come enjoy the cool air conditioning at several Long Beach Community Centers. The following is a list of community centers near you that will offer a cool place to stay during center hours. Some centers may be opened after hours on an emergency basis.


Cooling Centers




Fall Hours*

Summer Hours      
El Dorado West Community Center
2800 Studebaker Road Mon-Fri 9am-7pm  Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
Silverado Community Center  1545 West 31st Street Mon-Fri 9am-7pm  Mon-Fri 9am-7pm 
Houghton Community Center 6301 Myrtle Avenue Mon-Fri 9am-7pm  Mon-Fri 9am-7pm 
McBride (Cal Rec) Community Center 1550 Martin Luther King Avenue Mon-Fri 9am-7pm  Mon-Fri 9am-7pm 
Cesar Chavez Community Center 401 Golden Avenue Mon-Fri 9am-7pm  Mon-Fri 9am-7pm 
Ramona Community Center 3301 East 65th Street Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm,  Mon-Fri 10am-4pm 
Veterans Park Community Center 101 East 28th Street Mon-Fri 2:30pm-5:30pm  Mon-Fri 10am-4pm 
Wardlow Community Center 3457 Stanbridge Avenue Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm,  Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm 
Admiral Kidd Community Center 2125 Santa Fe Avenue Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm,  Mon-Fri 10am-4pm 
Bixby Community Center 130 Cherry Avenue Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm,  Mon-Fri 10pm-4pm 
Drake Community Center  951 Maine Avenue Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm,  Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm 
Martin Luther King Community Center 1950 Lemon Avenue Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm  Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm 
Long Beach Senior Center
1150 East 4th Street Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
Sat 10am-4pm
Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
Sat 10am-4pm
  * Fall Hours of Operation are from September 8th to mid October,  
     call (562) 570-3100 for hours of operations on holidays. 
     Note the month of September can have high temperatures.  


Information from the Long Beach Health Department

The Long Beach Health Department is reminding Long Beach residents to play it safe and protect themselves from heat-related illness. Today's excessive heat watch advisory for Southwest California by the National Weather Service highlights the importance for Long Beach residents to be prepared. Projected temperatures in Long Beach this week remains in the 80 degree range. These conditions do not rise to the level of a heat emergency.

"The projected temperatures for Long Beach, this week, do not warrant a heat emergency," says Dr. Mauro Torno, Interim City Health Officer, "But is important that our community remembers to practice heat precautions during the summer months, especially while participating in outdoor activities."

The elderly, people with chronic illnesses (such as diabetes, heart and respiratory conditions), or people unable to move or change position by themselves, infants and preschool children are at greater risk for heat-related conditions. However, everyone should take the following precautions to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion:

  • Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during and after outdoor activities;
  • Limit exposure to the sun during peak hours, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.;
  • Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors;
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol;
  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day;
  • Move to a cooler location at the first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps). Rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool liquid;
  • Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually;
  • Wear loose-fitting, light clothing;
  • Seek air-conditioned environments;
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet towels;
  • Never leave a child or pet in a parked car asleep or in direct sunlight;
  • Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water to drink.
For more information on how to stay healthy during hot weather months, please go to the Health Department's website at