Area Cooling Centers

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Region communities are advising area residents of places to stay cool during the heat wave.

In Gary:
Fire Station #12, 19th and Mississippi St, M-F 9am-3pm, (219) 881-1412
Calumet Township, 1900 W 41st Ave, 24-hours daily as needed, (219) 981-4028
Borman Square Pavilion, 750 Madison St, M-F 9am-2pm, (219) 885-8101
Public Safety Facility, 555 Polk St, as needed, (219) 881-1260

In Portage:
Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd
Portage Fire Department Headquarters, 3401 Swanson Rd
If transportation is an issue, residents may go to any City of Portage facility and a ride can be arranged for you through the Portage FD. Residents may also contact the Portage FD headquarters and request a ride to a cooling center at 762-7404.
Cooling Centers will be available from 8am until 8pm.  If residents should require longterm assistance, the city will assist in contacting area organizations geared toward their longterm needs.

In Valparaiso:
Valparaiso University (219-464-5000), Harre Union, 1509 Chapel Dr, open Mon-Sat 8am-5pm
Valparaiso University (219-464-5000), Christopher Center Library, 1410 Chapel Dr, open every day 8am-5pm
Valparaiso YMCA (219-462-4185), 1202 Cumberland Crossing, open Mon-Fri 5am-10pm, Sat 7am-6pm, Sun 12:30pm-6pm
Porter County Public Library, Valparaiso branch (219-462-0524), 103 Jefferson St, open Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm
Vale Park Enrichment Center at Banta (219-462-1301), 605 Beech St, open Mon-Fri 8:30am-4pm
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church (219-464-4042), 1511 LaPorte Ave, open every day 8am to 7 pm
Ivy Tech Community College Northwest Valparaiso Campus, 3100 Ivy Tech Drive, (219-464-8514), 7:30am-10pm Mon-Fri, starting June 4-July 29. July 30-August 10, 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Beginning August 13, we would again have extended hours.
In addition, the Valparaiso Police Dept offers a special program for individuals who many need special help during weather emergencies, including times when the heat index exceeds 100 degrees for consecutive days. The Contact Assistance Referral (CARE) Program means the VPD will check on residents during harsh weather. To register yourself or a loved one for CARE, contact Sgt. Michael Grennes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 219-462-2135.


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