Cooling Centers open in Newark

The heat wave blanketing the region has prompted Newark to open cooling stations throughout the city. Credits: TAPinto Staff

The heat is on, but Newark residents now have a place to chill out.

Due to the latest forecasts, predicting temperatures reaching above 90-degrees this week, seniors and other residents are welcome to visit one of the available cooling centers or public pools during the following times and locations: 


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  • Bethany Baptist Church Senior Center, 275 West Market Street (entrance: 58 Hartford St.) – M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Kenneth Gibson/Sharpe James Aquatic Recreation Center, 226 Rome Street – M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m./Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Vince Lombardi Center of Hope, 201 Bloomfield Avenue – M-F, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m./Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Nellie Grier Senior Center, 98-104 Maple Avenue – M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COOLING STATIONS FOR ALL RESIDENTS (Recreational Centers and Public Pools)

  • John F. Kennedy Aquatic Center, 211 West Kinney Street, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m./Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hayes Park West, 179 Boyd Street, M-F, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m./Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Kenneth Gibson/Sharpe James Aquatic Recreation Center, 226 Rome Street – M-F, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m./Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Rotunda Recreational Center, 75 Clifton Avenue, M-F – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m./Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saint Peters Recreational Center/Bo Porter Sports Complex, 378 Lyons Avenue – M-F, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m./Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Boylan Recreational Center, 916 South Orange Avenue – M-F, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m./Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All branches of the Newark Public Library will also serve as cooling stations. Check your local branch for hours of operation at:

Members of the homeless community may use Newark Pennsylvania Station as a Cooling Center when they are near that location. 

The Newark Fire Division will open hydrants when a request is made in person by an adult. Kindly visit your local firehouse to make a formal request. 

Additional tips for staying cool include:

  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Sheltering in place inside an air-conditioned room
  • Avoiding prolonged periods in the sun 
  • Wearing light-weight, loose fitting clothing
  • Rescheduling strenuous activities to cooler temperatures or during the morning or evening hours 

Seniors and young children are especially susceptible to heat-related illness. Those who care for them are advised to regularly check on them and to bring them to the cooling centers. 

Call 911 if you or someone you know is suffering from heat exhaustion, heat stroke or other heat-related illness.

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