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LA city swimming pools to stay open through Labor Day

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Los Angeles city pools that were expected to close Monday will remain open through Labor Day. It's unclear how the city will pay for the three additional weeks of operation.

City swimming pools that were scheduled to close next Monday to coincide with the start of the school year will remain open through Labor Day, according to officials with the Department of Recreation and Parks. 

The Daily News reported yesterday that seasonal pools would close next week as students in the Los Angeles Unified School District head back to school. That drew criticism from Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Richard Alarcon, ultimately prompting Rec and Parks to agree to keep the 46 swimming pools operating through Sept. 3.

It was not immediately known how the city would pay to keep the pools open. Nor was it clear how the pools would be staffed by a department that has seen 100 layoffs over the last three years, while the remaining employees are placed on furlough.

“This was creative thinking at its best,” LaBonge said in a statement. “In the end, the department was able to do the simplest thing: serve the kids of Los Angeles.”

Children and seniors can swim for free at the pools. Adults with Los Angeles city library cards can save 50 cents on the $2.50 admission to the pool.

For a list of the seasonal and year-round pools and their locations, check out the Department of Recreation and Parks website.

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