The Kern County Parks Department, in cooperation with the Department of Aging and Adult Services, other Kern County agencies and/or districts, and PG&E, will open Cooling Centers throughout the County when temperatures are forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS) to exceed certain highs. The Kerr McGee Center in Ridgecrest is currently only Cooling Center open in Kern County.
Cooling Centers will be open in the San Joaquin and Kern River Valleys when the temperatures are forecast to be 105 degrees or higher, in the desert areas when temperatures are forecast to be 108 degrees or higher, and in Frazier Park when temperatures are forecast to be 95 degrees or higher. The centers are open from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
The Cooling Centers Daily Report will be issued by 11:00 am on the day before the Cooling Centers open. Weekend Cooling Center openings will be released by 11:00 am on Friday.
Residents using the Cooling Centers are encouraged to bring their favorite non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, reading material, games, etc. to better enjoy the Centers.
The status of the Cooling Centers for Friday, July 15, 2016 is:
SAN JOAQUIN AND KERN RIVER VALLEY CENTERS
Adobe Complex Plaza, Suite H, 414 4th Street, Arvin ~ Closed
Buttonwillow Recreation and Park District, 556 Milo, Buttonwillow ~ Closed
East Bakersfield Veterans Building, 2101 Ridge Road, Bakersfield ~ Closed
East Niles Senior Center, 6601 East Niles Street, Bakersfield ~ Closed
Kern River Valley Senior Center/Veterans Building, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella ~ Closed
The Mission at Kern County, 816 E. 21st Street, Bakersfield ~ Closed
Gusher Hall, 271 California Street, Maricopa ~ Closed
Taft Veterans Building, 213 Taylor Street, Taft ~ Closed
Walker Senior Center, 505 Sunset Avenue, Shafter ~ Closed
Wasco Veterans Hall, 1202 Poplar Avenue, Wasco ~ Closed
Frazier Park Recreation Building, 3801 Park Drive, Frazier Park ~ Closed
California City Police Department, 21130 Hacienda Blvd., California City ~ Closed
The Strata Center, 10350 Heather Avenue, California City ~ Closed
Hummel Community Building, 2500 20th Street, Rosamond ~ Closed
Inyokern Senior Center, 1247 Broadway, Inyokern ~ Closed
Kerr McGee Center, 100 W. California Avenue, Ridgecrest ~ OPEN