Despite a tight city budget, the city of Los Angeles has announced that it will keep several public swimming pools open beyond Labor Day. A private grant from Kaiser Permanente made it possible.
Mary Bingham with the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks says seven recreational pools will remain open for an extra week.
Mary Bingham: "It’s still very hot outside, in fact we get some of our hottest weather in September, and it’s an opportunity for them to have a little bit more fun before going back to school – or even after school because the hours are going to be between 3:30 p.m. and 7, so those kids who’ve gone back to school that week will still have time to swim and get some refreshing water in their bodies."
The seven seasonal pools include one each in Northridge and Sun Valley and another near Griffith Park. A $250,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente also funded swimming classes for 6,000 kids this summer, and for a lifeguard training program.