Ready, Set, Splash: LA Seasonal Pools Open For Summer
Many seasonal swimming pools around Los Angeles will be celebrating opening day this weekend on Saturday, June 25 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Pools that are open year round will also begin their summer schedule.
In the San Fernando Valley alone, "Eleven city pools and one county facility will open Saturday...And year-round pools, which were closed on Mondays because of budget cuts, also will begin summer schedules Saturday," says the Daily News.
Despite tight budgets, pool operations and hours will be the same as last year, said Trish Delgado, aquatics supervisor for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. She said various swim programs will be funded again this year by Kaiser Permanente's Operation Splash. The funding allows thousands of children and their parents to learn to swim for free. The program also provides junior lifeguard classes for youth.
Some additional funding for swim programs also comes from the LA84 Foundation, which manages Southern California's share of the surplus from the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, Delgado said. In addition, Kaiser Permanente has given the department a $15,000 grant for "Rethink your Drink" signs and banners that will encourage parents and kids to avoid soda and other high-calorie beverages, Delgado said.
Reseda Park pool, closed in 2008, will remain closed for a $4.7 million construction rehab. "A new 75-by-120-foot swimming pool with upgraded pump house, decorative decking, perimeter fencing, shade structures, shade towers, landscaping and irrigation. The pool is expected to open in time for summer next year."