The heat is on! Find a Cooling Center in the AV

LANCASTER – A triple-digit heat wave across the Antelope Valley is expected this week, according to the National Weather Service.

To provide relief from the heat for the elderly and others who face heat-related health difficulties and stress, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has opened cooling centers throughout Los Angeles County.

Times and locations for Cooling Centers in the Antelope Valley are as follows:


Cool Center @ MOAH
Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH)
Hernando & Fran Marroquin Family Classroom
Mon –Fri, 10 am –5 pm
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
(661) 723-6250

Antelope Valley Senior Ctr.
777 W. Jackman Street, Lancaster
Mon –Fri, 8 am –5 pm
(661) 726-4400


Palmdale City Library
700 East Palmdale Blvd.
Mon-Wed 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm
(661) 267-5600


Jackie Robinson Park
8773 East Avenue R
Mon -Fri Sat 9 am – 9 pm, Sat 8 am – 5 pm
(661) 944-2880

If you are planning to visit one of these Cooling Centers, it is advisable that you call in advance to make sure there is still seating available. You can also find the Cooling Center nearest you by calling “211”. For a complete list of the 55 cooling stations in Los Angeles County, visit

Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst.  The Department of Public Health recommends several ways to manage the heat:

  • Never leave children, elderly people, or pets alone in a parked vehicle.
  • Wear light, loose fitting clothing to stay cool
  • Drink water often.  Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Check on those in your neighborhood who have limited mobility.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned area during peak heat hours such as a mall, park, or library.
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim.
  • Don’t exercise vigorously outside during the hottest hours of the day.

(Information via press release from Los Angele County Fifth District Supervisor Michael Antonovich.)

UPDATED 7/11/12: An earlier version of this article listed Desert Sands Park as one of the Cooling Centers offered in the City of Palmdale. There is no cooling center at Desert Sands this year. The Palmdale City Library is the only city facility offered as a Cooling Center this year. 

  14 comments for “The heat is on! Find a Cooling Center in the AV

  1. John Mlynar
    July 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    The AV Mall is an excellent place to cool off. You can get a bite to eat, something to drink, hit up a movie at Cinemark, do some shopping or window shopping. Lots of places to sit, too.

  2. William
    July 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Someone should create a new website called the ‘Pearblossom Times’ and draw Ace over there and away from here.

  3. July 11, 2012 at 9:12 am

    As far as places to cool down at, and places to stay cool, I would consider going to the Movies 12 in Lancaster on Valley Central Way. Tickets are $1.50 a person, and it’s nice and cool in there.

    Bowling alleys are free to the public to come to and just watch the bowlers do their thing. Old standby I did as a kid.

    Another thing to do is to go to the Produce cooler at Costco in Lancaster. Cool city! Too bad it’s on the small side and can only hold a very few people. . . standing up. No chairs, darn it!

    The old Lancaster ice skating rink on Yucca Avenue was one of the old haunts to go to on a hot day like we’re having now. The (comparatively)new one on 23rd Street West north of Avenue I was open a few years ago. is it still open? Dunno. And of course the “Wayne Gretzky” Ice Sports Center on Valley Central Way remains boarded up. Sad.

    Backyard hosing offs and pool works for me! (wink) Stay cool, folks!

    • Adam Chant
      July 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Actually University of Antelope Valley now owns the “Wayne Gretzky” center. It’s called the Pioneer Events Center (The PEC) and has had a number of events there. They have done everything from indoor garage sales to major concerts. This month Neil McCoy will be performing at The PEC.

      • July 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

        Thanks, Adam. . . I realized that UAV owned the old “Wayne Gretzky” center almost the moment I hit the “send” button. My bad.

        There’s always Frazier Park or Tehacapi for a cooler climate and temperature for the Summer, for those who have the money for the fuel to get there. I like the Tehachapi City Park in downtown Tehachapi myself. Trees, gazebo, and grass. Aahh. . . (smile)

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