Hempstead Town Reopens Cooling Centers, Extends Hours at Beaches and Pools

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It is heat wave after heat wave, and Hempstead Town is always there to lend a cooling hand. Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito have announced that Town of Hempstead cooling centers will be open on Tuesday, July 26th through Friday, July 29th.

Additionally this week, town beaches and pools will remain open one hour after their standard closing time. This extra hour will provide residents with a larger window of opportunity to combat the heat and let the weather cool down a bit before heading home.

“It has certainly been an unforgiving summer this year. Heat and humidity pose all kinds of health risks to many of our residents,” stated Santino. “I urge our residents to take advantage of the cooling centers and extended hours at the pools and beaches.”

The following cooling centers are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., from Tuesday, July 26th through Friday, July 29th:

  • 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

“Each of our centers offer shelter from the heat, as well as good company,” added D’Esposito. “An extra hour goes a long way; give the sun some time to retreat before packing up.”

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.

  • Malibu Beach Club Pool – Closing at 8 p.m.

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

  • Parkway Pool - Closing at 8 p.m.

  • Acorn Lane Pool - Closing at 8 p.m.

  • Wolcott Lane  Pool - Closing at 8 p.m.

  • West Village Green Pool - Closing at 8 p.m.

  • Carmen Avenue Pool - Closing at 8 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 
  • East Atlantic Beach
  • Atlantic Beach Estates
  • Point Lookout Civic Beach

Santino also offered these tips on how to beat the heat and stay safe during the intense 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 11 AM and 4 PM. 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.

  • Cool down with repeated cool baths or showers.

  • Consider going to public pools and air-conditioned stores and malls.

  • Seniors and others who may be sensitive to extreme heat should contact friends, neighbors or relatives at least twice a day during a heat wave.

  • Seek help if you feel symptoms of heat-related illness.

  • Find a cooling center.


“The Town of Hempstead is fortunate to have beautiful beaches, pristine pools and dedicated staffs to maintain them to perfection,” concluded Santino. “An extra hour of time at a local pool or beach will help neighbors fight the heat. Cooling centers will provide a welcome escape while we endure this scorching summer.”

Note: Residents who experience electrical outages during this heat wave should contact PSEG (text “out” to PSEGLI [773454], call 800-490-0075, or visit www.psegliny.com).