Cool zones set in place as summer heat looms

The County announced the opening of its annual Cool Zones program, providing people free, safe, and air-conditioned spaces for residents to escape extreme heat. The program began 20 years ago to give older adults, people with disabilities, and those with health concerns that could be complicated by the effects of extreme heat. The program runs from June 1 through Oct. 31, with sites including all the County’s 33 libraries and other locations.

In addition to providing Cool Zone locations, the County, working with San Diego Gas & Electric, provide free electric fans to older or disabled San Diegans living on limited incomes.

To be eligible for the fan program, county residents must be 60 years old or older, or disabled, living on limited income, must not have access to an air-conditioned space at their home or apartment building and unable to travel to a Cool Zone site.

To learn more about the Cool Zone fan program or to request a fan, call 2-1-1 or 1 or visit to complete a fan eligibility survey.

City of La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center: 8450 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa

County of San Diego Library Alpine Branch: 1752 Alpine Blvd., Alpine

County of San Diego Library/Borrego Springs Branch: 2580 Country Club Road, Borrego Springs

County of San Diego Library/Campo-Morena Village Branch: 31356 Highway 94

County of San Diego Library/Casa De Oro Branch: 9805 Campo Road, Campo

County of San Diego Library/Crest Branch: 105 Juanita Lane, El Cajon

County of San Diego Library/El Cajon Branch: 201 E. Douglas, El Cajon

County of San Diego Library/Fletcher Hills Branch: 576 Garfield Ave., El Cajon

County of San Diego Library/ Julian Branch: 1850 Highway 78, Julian

County of San Diego Library/ La Mesa Branch: 8074 Allison Ave., La Mesa

County of San Diego Library/ Lakeside Branch: 12428 Woodside Ave., Lakeside

County of San Diego Library/ Lemon Grove Branch: 3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove

County of San Diego Library/ Pine Valley Branch: 28804 Old Hwy 80, Pine Valley

County of San Diego Library/ Spring Valley Branch: 836 Kempton Street, Spring Valley

Lakeside Community Center: 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside

Spring Valley Community Center: 8735 Jamacha Blvd., Spring Valley

Grossmont Healthcare District’s Health & Wellness Library: La Mesa

Heritage of the Americas Museum: 12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon

Parkway Plaza: 415 Fletcher Pkwy., El Cajon

Salvation Army Senior Nutrition Program: 1011 E. Main Street, El Cajon

Santee United Methodist Church: 8964 N. Magnolia Ave., Santee

For days and hours of operation, visit

For interactive map of Cool Zones in your area, visit


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