Polk County Health Department

Daytime Cooling Centers/ Aquatic Centers

A Daytime Cooling Center is an air conditioned facility where residents can temporarily go during periods of extreme temperatures. Few to no services are provided beyond what is normally available in that location. Vulnerable populations such as children, seniors, and people with chronic conditions can benefit of from respite time in an air conditioned facility during extreme heat periods.  Free transportation to/from daytime cooling centers will be available during extreme heat incidents. Riders need to inform the driver they are going to or from a cooling center. The Animal Rescue League Main Location (5452 NE 22nd St DSM/ 515-262-9503) welcomes residents who want to cool off with their pets.

2019 Daytime Cooling Center List


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

City of Ankeny https://www.ankenyiowa.gov/our-city/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


Contact Us

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

Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314