It’s Hot Out There! Come Cool Down − Hempstead Town Opens Cooling Centers, Extends Pool and Beach Hours through Friday, July 31st

With temperatures surging into the high 80s and 90s, 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 15 pools and eight beaches from Tuesday, July 28th through Friday, July 31st.

“Excessive temperatures can be extremely dangerous,” 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 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 28th- Friday, July 31st (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 Ave., Cedarhurst, (516) 295-1177 (open until 4:30 p.m.)

East Meadow Senior Center, 1485 Front St., 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 Dr., 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 Tuesday, July 28th- Friday, July 31st:

Closing at 7 p.m.

Roosevelt Pool, Roosevelt

Town Park at Sands Pool, Lido Beach

Closing at 8 p.m.

 Forest City Park Pool, Wantagh

Rath Pool (Franklin Sq. Park District)\

Walker Memorial Pool, Lakeview

Hewlett Point Pool, Hewlett

Malibu Pool, Lido Beach

Eight of Levittown’s Community Pools


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.”

In addition to the extended pool hours listed above, Echo Park in West Hempstead and Veterans Memorial Park in East Meadow are open regular hours through 10 p.m.