With the Texas heat wave of 2023 continuing into the month of July, it's important to stay up to date on the cooling centers available around El Paso.

The triple-digit-temps can be quite a force to reckon with. Picture yourself walking out the door and feeling like you're stepping into an oven. That's Texas for you!

Not only that, but the heat is super dangerous. Dehydration becomes your worst enemy, as the scorching sun sucks out every last drop of moisture from your body faster than you can say "y'all."

Make sure to stay hydrated and guzzle water like it's going out of style. No one will judge you if you also pour it on your head.

Most importantly, after taking care of yourself, check on your loved ones.

The City of El Paso and the Office of Emergency Management have activated their cooling centers for the year, and here's all the information you need to know.

The following free cooling centers are available Sunday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

·         Galatzan Recreation Center (650 Wallenberg)

·         Marty Robbins Recreation Center (11620 Vista Del Sol)

·         Valle Bajo Community Center (7380 Alameda)

·         Nations Tobin Sports Center (8831 Railroad)

·         Chalio Acosta Sports Center (4321 Delta)

The community can also visit any of our City Public Libraries which are open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.:

  • Armijo Library (620 E. 7th)
  • Clardy Fox (5515 Robert Alva)
  • Esperanza Moreno (12480 Pebble Hills)
  • Irving Schwartz (1865 Dean Martin)
  • Jose Cisneros/Cielo Vista (1300 Hawkins)
  • Judge Marquez (610 N. Yarbrough)
  • Memorial Park (3200 Copper)
  • Richard Burges (9600 Dyer Ste. C)
  • Sergio Troncoso (9321 Alameda)
  • Westside (125 Belvidere)

The cooling centers provide an indoor and air-conditioned environment for residents to visit and cool down throughout the day.

For more information about heat safety, you can check out ElPasoReady.org/Extreme-Heat. You can also dial 3-1-1 for assistance at any time.

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