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Cooling Sites in Milwaukee County


In a normal year, more than 600 Americans die of complications from overheating.

Young children, senior citizens, and people who are sick or overweight are most vulnerable to the effects of heat. Start by being informed about heat alerts, issued by the National Weather Service and publicized by local news media. When the weather gets hot, it’s important to stay cool by staying indoors in air-conditioned buildings.

Some pools, community and recreation centers may have a cost for use. Please inquire at each site for ticket prices or possible fees, as well as restricted use and/or limited hours.

Need to cool down? Find the nearest public place with air conditioning near you!  


Milwaukee Public Libraries

All Milwaukee Public Libraries offer air-conditioned spaces that are open to the public. Check out your local branch to read, learn, and connect with others. 

View all Milwaukee Public Library locations and hours.


Milwaukee County Water Parks, Beaches, and Pools

Find all splash pads, wading pools, indoor pools, outdoor pools, water parks, and beaches run by Milwaukee County Parks. 

Visit the Milwaukee County Water Parks & Pools website for current hours during the 2023 season. Contact Milwaukee County Parks at (414) 257-PARK (7275).

Milwaukee County Senior Centers 

There are five county-owned senior centers with air-conditioned spaces that are open to the public. They offer social, educational, fitness and recreational opportunities for anyone 50 or over.  

View all Milwaukee County Senior Centers locations and hours.



 City Beaches Water Report


Bradford OPEN 
Watercraft / "Jet Ski" OPEN
McKinley OPEN
South Shore OPEN
South Shore Rocky OPEN


Posted 06/13/2024



More Information


Additional Greater Milwaukee Area Cooling Sites 


Repairers of the Breach 
1335 W Vliet St 

Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park 
1500 E Park Place

Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley 
3700 W Pierce St



Greendale Public Library
5647 Broad St

Southridge Mall
5300 S 76th St


Greenfield Public Library  
5310 W Layton Ave

West Allis

West Allis Public Library
7421 W National Ave

West Allis Senior Center
7001 W National Ave


Franklin Public Library
9151 W. Loomis Rd.

Hales Corners

Hales Corners Library
5885 S 116th St

South Milwaukee

Grobschmidt Senior Center
2424 15th Ave

South Milwaukee Public Library
1907 10th Ave

St. Francis

St. Francis Library
4230 S Nicholson Ave


Kelly Senior Center
6100 S Lake Dr

Cudahy Family Library
3500 Library Ave

Aurora St. Luke's South Shore
5900 S Lake Dr


West Milwaukee

Village of West Milwaukee
Community Center 

1345 S 47th St 

Oak Creek

Oak Creek Public Library
8040 S 6th St

Salvation Army
8853 S Howell Ave

Discover Church
7311 S 13th St

Oak Creek Community Center
8580 S Howell Ave


Shorewood Public Library
3920 N Murray Ave


North Shore Public Library
6800 N Port Washington Rd

Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay Public Library
5420 N Marlborough Dr


List updated 8/22/23

Emergency Cooling Site Locations

In the case of an extreme heat event the locations listed below are available to residents. The hours and locations are current.

Arlington Court (HACM) 
Lower East Side neighborhood 
1633 N Arlington Pl  
(414) 286-8850 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Cherry Court (HACM) 
Midtown neighborhood 
1525 N 24th St 
(414) 344-6705 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM

College Court (HACM) 
Cold Spring Park/Miller Valley neighborhood 
3334 W Highland Blvd 
(414) 286-2905 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Convent Hill (HACM) 
Yankee Hill neighborhood 
455 E Ogden Ave 
(414) 286-8802 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM


Highland Gardens (HACM) 
King Park neighborhood 
1818 W Juneau Ave 
(414) 286-8845 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Holton Terrace (HACM) 
Harambee neighborhood 
2825 N Holton St 
(414) 286-8858 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM 

Lincoln Court (HACM) 
Bay View neighborhood 
2325 S Howell Ave 
(414) 286-8860 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM 

Locust Court (HACM) 
Riverwest neighborhood 
1350 E Locust St 
(414) 286-8861 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM 





Merrill Park (HACM) 
Merrill Park neighborhood 
222 N 33rd St 
(414) 286-8862 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Mitchell Court (HACM) 
Clarke Square neighborhood 
2600 W National Ave 
(414) 286-8863 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM 

Riverview (HACM) 
Lower East Side neighborhood 
1300 E Kane Pl 
(414) 286-8866 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM 

HACM Community Services Building 
Hillside neighborhood 
650 W Reservoir Ave 
(414) 286-2905 
Open 8:30AM – 4:30PM 

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