Centers Help Mitigate Health Risk During Heat Wave

As El Paso faces an extreme heat wave with triple-digit temperatures, it is important for the community, especially for senior residents, to stay as cool as possible to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Starting this week, 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, has opened seven cooling centers to help keep residents—especially senior residents—safe from the dangers of the extreme heat.

The free Cooling Centers are located at:

Galatzan Rec Center, 650 Wallenberg Dr.
Veterans Rec Center, 5301 Salem Dr.
Chamizal Rec Center, 2101 Cypress Ave.
Gary Del Palacio Rec Center, 3001 Parkwood St.
Officer David Ortiz Rec Center, 563 North Carolina Dr.
Valle Bajo Community Center, 7380 Alameda Ave.
Marty Robbins Rec Center, 11620 Vista del Sol Dr.

The cooling centers are open on the following schedules:

• Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

The use of face masks is strongly encouraged. For more information about heat safety, please visit