Thursday, September 06, 2007

City seasonal pools will remain open through September 16

Los Angeles - Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri and Kaiser Permanente Representatives were at Griffith Park pool on August 23 to announce the extension of City seasonal pools.

With financial support from Kaiser Permanente, 14 seasonal pools operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks will remain open for nearly two additional weeks beyond their traditional Labor Day closing.

"Operation Splash" is a $1.2 million partnership between the Department and Kaiser that began in 2006 and has enabled participants to receive free swim lessons and supplies. The program has also included free family swim days and special events.

The extended seasonal pools will be available for use daily from September 4 through September 16. Hours will be 3:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. September 4-7; noon to 5:00 p.m. September 8-9; 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. September 10-14; and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. September 15-16. Year-round pools will begin their off-season hours following the holiday.

The Free Swim Program will also continue, making it possible for children age 17 or younger, seniors ages 65 or older, and the disabled to swim for free. Children ages 6 or younger must be potty-trained and accompanied by an adult at all times. Adults with a City Library Card can also swim for free; otherwise, the charge for patrons ages 18-64 is $1.50.

For a list of seasonal pools that have been extended, as well as year-round facilities please call the Department's Aquatics Division at (323)906-7953 or visit our website at:

Jane Kolb: (213)928-9294, or cell, (323)816-6712
Harvey Drut: (213)928-9296, or cell, (323)816-6711

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