Exclusive: Kern County Cooling Centers Program Returns June 1.

Bakersfield, California — The Kern County Cooling Center season will start on Thursday, June 1, 2023, and end on Friday, September 22, 2023.

When the National Weather Service (NWS) says that temperatures will go above certain highs, Cooling Centers will open all over the County.

When temperatures are expected to be 105 degrees or higher, Cooling Centers open in the San Joaquin and Kern River Valleys, when temperatures are expected to be 108 degrees or higher in the desert, and when temperatures are expected to be 93 degrees or higher in Frazier Park.

The centers will be open from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Cooling Centers Daily Report will be out by 11 a.m. the day before the Centers open.

The list of Cooling Center openings for the weekend will be out by 11 a.m. on Friday. Monday openings at Cooling Centers will be announced at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

People who use the Cooling Centers are invited to bring their favorite non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, books, games, etc. to make their time there more enjoyable.

As of this date, the following Cooling Centers have been confirmed:

San Joaquin and Kern River Valley Centers

  • Arvin ~ Arvin Community Center, 800 Walnut Drive
  • Bakersfield ~ East Bakersfield Veterans Building, 2101 Ridge Road
  • Bakersfield ~ The Mission at Kern County, 816 E. 21st Street
  • Lake Isabella ~ Kern River Valley Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Boulevard
  • Maricopa ~ Gusher Hall, 271 California Street
  • Shafter ~ Walker Senior Center, 505 Sunset Avenue
  • Taft ~ Taft Community Center- Activity Building, 500 Cascade Place
Mountain Center(S)

Frazier Park ~ Frazier Park Recreation Building, 3801 Park Drive

Desert Centers

Rosamond ~ Hummel Community Building, 2500 20th Street
California City- Strata Center, 10350 Heather Avenue

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