Polk County Health Department

2017 Extreme Heat Information and Cooling Centers

A daytime cooling center is a place to get out of the heat and spend time in air conditioning. You can bring a book, surf the internet on your smart phone or talk to family and friends who come with you!

  • 2017 List of Community Cooling Centers- Click here to access list.
  • 2017 Cooling Centers Interactive Map- Click here to access map.
    • Under the menu option Layers, there are 4 categories: 2017 cooling centers, DART routes, location PCHD, Polk County boundaries.  To activate/deactivate them, click on the square symbol.
    • Daytime cooling centers are represented in the map by a dark/blue symbol.
    • Each location includes the followig information:
      • Name the location
      • Hours
      • Address
      • Phone
      • Availability on holidays
      • DART route (For information about bus routes and schedules, please visit DART website)
      • Website of the location 



City of Altoona http://www.altoonacampus.com/site/altoona-aquatics-park

City of Ankeny http://www.ci.ankeny.ia.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/aquatics

City of Clive http://www.cityofclive.com/residents/aquatic-center

City of Des Moines https://www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/Pages/AquaticsandWaterSports.aspx

City of Urbandale http://www.urbandale.org/170/Parks-Recreation

City of West Des Moines http://www.wdm.iowa.gov/government/parks-recreation/aquatic-centers-spraygrounds


Call 911 if you have any of the following symptoms:

    • Lack of sweating
    • Flushed skin
    • Racing heart
    • Unconsciousness
    • Dizziness or lightheadedness
    • Skin that feels cool and moist
    • Body temperature over 104F
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Confusion
    • Rapid breathing
    • Headache
    • Muscle cramps
  • Call neighbors, friends and family members who do not have air conditioning to make sure they are OK at least twice each day.
  • Call 211 if you have questions about cooling your home, reduced cost air conditioners, energy assistance, or finding a cooler location.

Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300

Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314