It’s Hot Out There! Come Cool Down − Hempstead Town Opens Cooling Centers, Extends Pool and Beach Hours through Friday, July 19th

With temperatures surging into the 90s and unbearable humidity levels making it feel like 100 degrees, Supervisor Kate Murray is inviting residents to “cool down” at town cooling centers, pools, or beaches. To provide a safe, cool location for residents to escape the dangerous heat wave, Murray announced the opening of 15 cooling centers and extended hours at nine pools and eight beaches from Monday, July 15th through Friday, July 19th.

“Excessive temperatures and oppressive humidity levels are a dangerous, and potentially deadly, combination,” Murray said. “I urge neighbors to be extra cautious during this period of extreme heat. If you do not have access to air conditioning or a cool place to stay, I encourage you to visit one of our town’s cooling centers, beaches or pools.”

            Cooling centers are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except where noted):

-       Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 N. Grand Ave., Baldwin,  (516) 546-7110

-       Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore, (516) 221-9696

-       Cedarhurst Senior Center, 200 Cedarhurst Avenue, Cedarhurst, (516) 295-1177
(open until 4:30 p.m.)

-       East Meadow Senior Center, 1485 Front Street, East Meadow, (516) 794-2458

-       Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Rd., Elmont, (516) 354-4777

-       Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Pl. Franklin Square, (516) 328-3010

-       Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Rd., Valley Stream, (516) 872-8810

-       Levittown Senior Center, 555 N. Newbridge Rd., Levittown, (516) 433-5454

-       Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick, (516) 868-4777

-       Oceanside Senior Center, 2900 Rockaway Ave., Oceanside, (516) 766-8888

-       Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Tpke., Roosevelt (516) 867-1612

-       Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Drive, Westbury, (516) 333-5440

-       Uniondale-Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale (516) 292-1313

-       Uniondale-Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale (516) 538-5050

-       Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Rd., Wantagh (516) 785-8505


            Hours of operation will be extended at the following pools:

-    Roosevelt Pool - Closing at 7 p.m.

-    Forest City Park Pool - Closing at 8 p.m.

-    Rath Pool (Franklin Sq. Park District) - Closing at 8 p.m.

-    Walker Memorial Pool - Closing at 8 p.m.

-    Azaela Road Pool- Closing at 8 p.m.

-    Hewlett Pool – Closing at 8 p.m.

-    Blue Grass Lane Pool- Closing at 8 p.m.

-    Slate Lane Pool- Closing at 8 p.m.

-    Town Park at the Sands Pool - Closing at 7 p.m.

      Lifeguards will be on duty for an extra hour (until 7 p.m.) at the following beaches:

-   Town Park Point Lookout

-   Lido Beach Town Park

-   Lido West Town Park

-   Town Park at Sands  

-   Hewlett Point Park

-   East Atlantic Beach

-   Atlantic Beach Estates

-   Point Lookout Civic Beach

Murray also offered residents important tips on how to stay cool and be safe during the scorching heat.

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day, usually between 11AM and 4PM. Consider performing these tasks in the early morning or evening hours.
  • When in the sun, wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your face and head.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Eat well balanced, light and regular meals.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes.
  • NEVER leave children or pets in closed vehicles.
  • Check on elderly family members, friends and neighbors.
  • When indoors, use an air conditioner or fans to cool rooms if available.

            “During the heat wave, avoid the scorching sun as much as possible and retreat to a safe, cool location,” Murray said. “The town’s cooling centers, pools and beaches are open and ready to help you escape the heat wave.”