Community anger prompts park officials to delay dozens of pool closures

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A boy jumps as people bathe in a New York City public pool. Los Angeles may face the closure of 47 public pools, but after community backlash the closure date has been pushed back to Labor Day.

A plan to close 47 Los Angeles public swimming pools on Monday may get a reprieve.

The closures were timed with the Aug. 14 start of school for students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Los Angeles Daily News says protests from community groups have persuaded city parks officials to find a way to keep the pools open until Labor Day.

The flap comes as Southern California swelters in a heat wave with temperatures soaring into the 100s.

"This really hurts me because kids aren't going to be able to have an experience, and it's warm in Los Angeles until October," City Councilman Tom LaBonge told the Daily News. He proposed an emergency motion to keep the pools open.

Recreation and Parks executive director Regina Adams says officials are working to keep the pools open, but she concedes it's unclear where the money will come from.

City pools have been closed for years when school district classes begin and pool attendance drops.

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