Burlington Cooling Centers – where to cool off during a heat wave


A summer heat wave can be a health risk for many people who do not have access to air conditioning, particularly for older adults, children, un-housed people, those with medical conditions, and others in vulnerable, high-risk groups.

During a heat wave, or “extreme-heat event” (two or more days of above 90 degree temps), the City of Burlington will open Cooling Centers to the public, on a walk-in basis. These centers will offer air conditioning, seating, water, and are open to all who need it.

Please note:

  • Visitors must comply with all facility rules and remain in designated areas.
  • Most sites are Monday to Friday Fletcher Free Library branches offer weekend hours.
  • Schedule of availability may change depending on facility usage.
  • When these five sites open as Cooling Centers, we will post an alert on our website and social media sites:
  • Find tips for hot weather safety and a map of cooling centers across the state on Vermont Health’s website
  • The ONE Center will not be open as a cooling center from September 5 through 8.

See locations and hours below: 


South End

1. DPW / Burlington Parks Central Office – 645 Pine Street


Photo of brick building with sign saying City of Burlington (645 Pine St)
DPW / Parks offices – Corner of Pine St. and Lakeside Ave.
  • 645 Pine Street, front conference room or lobby
  • Check in at Front Desk
  • Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.



2. Fletcher Free Library – 235 College Street

Fletcher Free Library in downtown Burlington
  • Hours:
    • Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday 12 to 6 p.m.


Old North End (NOT OPEN 9/5 – 9/8)

3. O.N.E. Center – 20 Allen Street

O.N.E. Center
  • Cooling area: room 218, at the O.N.E. Center
  • Please check in at the BPRW office on the second floor.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


New North End

4. Leddy Arena – 216 Leddy Park Road

Leddy Arena
  • Please be aware of construction and follow and detour signs
  • Cooling area: on the “catwalk” and bleachers.
  • Hours: Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


5. Fletcher Free Library, North Branch – 1127 North Avenue 

NNE Library branch in the Hannaford Shopping Plaza
  • Hours:
    • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.