Senior citizens playing cards and staying cool inside the Merrick...

Senior citizens playing cards and staying cool inside the Merrick Senior Center, Tuesday July 19, 2022. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

With extreme heat expected to continue this weekend, municipalities across Long Island are opening cooling centers and extending hours at local beaches and pools. The following is a list of what some communities are doing to bring relief to residents during this stretch of hot and humid weather:


The county will open two cooling centers from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday. The Mitchell Field site will stay open until further notice:

  • Cantiague Park Administration Office (480 W. John St., Hicksville)
  • Wantagh Administration Building (1 King Road, Wantagh)
  • Mitchel Field Administration Building (1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Uniondale) will be open 24 hours until further notice. Residents who are at Cantiague or Wantagh at closing time will be transported to Mitchel.


Cooling centers will be operated at several Town of Hempstead park facilities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:

  • Hewlett Point Park (130 Hewlett Point Ave., East Rockaway)
  • Echo Park (299 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead)
  • Merrick Golf Course Clubhouse (2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick)
  • Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville)

Beach hours are extended to 7 p.m., while town pools will stay open until 8 p.m.


Two cooling centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday:

  • “Yes We Can” Community Center (141 Garden St., Westbury)
  • Clinton G. Martin Park (New Hyde Park Road and Marcus Avenue in New Hyde Park)

The following pools will be open until 9 p.m. through Sunday:

  • Clinton G. Martin Park Pool (New Hyde Park Road and Marcus Avenue, New Hyde Park)
  • Manorhaven Beach Park Pool (Manorhaven Boulevard, Port Washington). Whitney Pond Pool members will be allowed to swim at Manorhaven Beach Park Pool through Sunday.


Cooling centers will be available from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Sunday at the following facilities:

  • Marjorie Post Park Skate House (Unqua Road & Merrick Road, Massapequa)
  • Syosset-Woodbury Park Skate House (7800 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury)
  • Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center (1001 Stewart Ave., Bethpage)


In Suffolk County, cooling centers are run by the towns. Residents should contact their local municipality to find a location near them. 


A cooling center will be open 24 hours/seven days a week throughout the hot weather at Town Hall Annex (281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon)


The following cooling centers will be available to Town of Huntington residents for the duration of the hot weather.

  • Dix Hills Pool and lobby of Clark Gillies Arena (575 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills) Free access to pool. Open Monday to Friday from 12:30 p.m. (after camps end) to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Memorial Spray Park (Cuba Hill Road between Harmon Drive and Elwood Road, Elwood). Recreation ID card requirement waived. Open 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for children with special needs, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the public.
  • John J. Flanagan Center/Senior Center (423 Park Ave., Huntington). Open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Manor Field Spray Park (East Fifth Street between Park Avenue and Lenox Road, Huntington Station). Recreation ID card requirement waived. Open 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for children with special needs, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for general public.

Town of Huntington beaches will also have extended lifeguard protection until 7 p.m. as the hot weather persists. More information on town beaches can be found at


Town pools, spray parks and bay beaches will operate under extended hours through Sunday.

  • Casamento Pool, the Roberto Clemente Pool and Spray Park and Byron Lake Pool will be open until 7:15 p.m.
  • Shipwreck Cove Spray Park and the bay beaches will be open until 6:45 p.m.


Hours have been extended at the Smithtown Landing Country Club pool until 7 p.m. through Sunday. The pool is located at 495 Landing Ave.


The Peconic Lane Community Center (1170 Peconic Lane) will be open as a cooling center, officials said Saturday.

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