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.
- 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:
1. DPW / Burlington Parks Central Office – 645 Pine Street
- 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
- 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)
O.N.E. Center – 20 Allen Street 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
- 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
- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.