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NJ’s Heat Wave: Where to Find Cooling Centers in Essex County

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While June 21st, the official first day of summer, is just around the corner, upcoming weather forecasts have upper 80- and 90-degree temperatures, per NJ.com. This swath of heat is expected to last several days as it slowly makes its way across the US, according to ABC-NY Beyond discomfort, the skyrocketing temperatures can pose a serious health hazard. To help keep the community safe, local counties have established designated communal cooling centers in Essex County and beyond. Read on for more about cooling resources in Essex County and beyond. 

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has shared a Heat Hub website which serves as a central hub for information about weather and state-provided resources to beat the heat.  

We’ve also rounded up cooling centers in Hudson County on our sister site, Hoboken Girl. Many of these cooling centers will be located in senior centers, libraries, and other community facilities. Everyone is encouraged to check up on friends, family, and neighbors who may be at high risk of heat exposure and other heat-induced illnesses. 

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Cooling Centers in Essex County

These are the designated cooling centers that local governments will open should the need arise. Please confirm the operating hours before heading over.


  • Belleville Senior Citizens Center: 125 Franklin Avenue, 973-450-3422


  • Bloomfield Civic Center: 84 Broad Street, 973-743-9074


  • Bethany Senior Center: 275 West Market Street, 973-733-5739
  • Boylan Recreation Center: 916 South Orange Avenue, 973-733-8947
  • Fairmont Health: 202 Fairmont Avenue, 973-643-7705. Adults only.
  • Hayes Park West Recreation Center: 179 Boyd Street, 973-733-3959
  • Ironbound Recreational Facility: 226 Rome Street, 973-424-4101
  • Nellie Grier Senior Center: 98-104 Maple Avenue, 973-424-4096
  • Rotunda Recreational Center: 75 Clifton Avenue, 973-733-3677
  • St. Peter’s Recreation Center: 378 Lyons Avenue, 973-733-8006
  • The H.E.L.P. Center: 224 Sussex Avenue, 973-705-7200 (24/7 assistance available)
  • Vince Lombardi Center: 201 Bloomfield Avenue, 973-482-5439

Cooling Centers in Bergen County


  • Bergenfield Senior Activity Center: 239 Murray Hill Terrace, 201-387-7212

East Rutherford

  • Southwest Senior Activity Center:147 Hackensack Street, 201-935-8920


  • Bergen County Administration Building: 1 Bergen County Plaza, 1st Floor, 201-336-7300

Midland Park

  • Northwest Senior Activity Center: 46-50 Center Street, 201-445-5690

Cooling Centers in Passaic County


  • Clifton Main Library: 292 Piaget Avenue, 973-772-5500
  • Clifton Public Library Allwood Branch: 44 Lyall Road, 973-471-0555

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  • Dignity House: 287 Broadway
  • Julius Forstman Library: 195 Gregory Avenue, 973-779-0474
  • Reid Memorial Library: 80 Third Street, 973-777-6044
  • Senior Center: 330 Passaic Street


  • Paterson Free Public Library: 250 Broadway, 973.321.1223
  • Paterson Library Northside Branch: 60 Temple Street, 973.321.1309
  • Paterson Library Southside Branch: 930 Main Street, 973.357.3020
  • Paterson Library Totowa Branch: 405 Union Avenue, 973.942.7198

Cooling Centers in Morris County


  • Chatham Library: 214 Main Street, (973) 635-0603


  • Chester Library: 250 West Main Street, 908-879-7612


  • Denville Public Library: 121 Diamond Spring Road, 973.627.6555

East Hanover

  • East Hanover Senior Center – 96 Mount Pleasant Avenue, 973-428-3060

Florham Park

  • Senior Center: 111 Ridgedale Avenue

Jefferson Township

  • Municipal Building: 1033 Weldon Road


  • Kinnelon Municipal Building: 130 Kinnelon Road, 973-838-5401 or 973-838-7573
  • Kinnelon Public Library: 132 Kinnelon Road, 973-838-1321

Lincoln Park

  • Lincoln Park Borough Hall: 34 Chapel Hill Road, 973-694-6100 or 973-694-3519

Long Hill

  • Long Hill Library: 917 Valley Road

Mine Hill

  • Mine Hill Civic Center: 12 Baker Street, 973-366-9031


  • Montville Senior Center: 356 Main Road, 973-299-5087

Morris Plains

  • Morris Plains Community Center: 51 Jim Fear Drive, 973-538-3455

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  • Morristown Town Hall/Senior Center: 200 South St, 3rd Floor, 973-292-6690


  • Parsippany-Troy Hills Main Library: 449 Halsey Road, 973-887-5150


  • Randolph Public Library: 28 Calais Road, 973-895-3556


  • Riverdale Public Library: 93 Newark Pompton Turnpike, 973-835-5044


  • Rockaway Assembly of God: 113 E Main Street, 973-627-0239
  • Rockaway Borough Library: 82 East Main Street, 973-627-5709
  • Rockaway Township Senior Center: 19 Mt Hope Road, 973-983-2898
  • Rockaway Twp Marcella Community Center: 831 Green Pond Road, 973-983-0338
  • Municipal Building: 10 Robert Street

Signs of Heat Stroke

According to the CDC, signs of heat stroke include “confusion, altered mental status, slurred speech; loss of consciousness; hot, dry skin, or profuse sweating; seizures; very high body temperature.” Heat stroke can be fatal if it isn’t properly treated.

Should you notice anyone experiencing these symptoms, you should call 911 immediately. Wetting the skin, using cold cloths, soaking clothing in cold water, and sitting in an ice bath are all recommended methods to cool down until help can arrive. Heat exhaustion, heat syncope, heat rash, and heat cramps are also potential heat-related issues.

Be sure to drink plenty of water, wear comfortable clothing, and try to limit exertion during these extremely hot days.

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