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Los Angeles public pools open until Labor Day

August 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Plans to shut down dozens of community swimming pools during the hottest time of the year caused an uproar, and people demanded they stay open.

The L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks officially extended the pool season at 46 pools for an additional three weeks until Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 3.

The department's 46 extended aquatics locations will offer swim lessons and recreational swim.

"During the hottest summer months it's important that Angelenos have places to cool off, have fun and continue learning how to improve their swimming skills," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

For the 14th consecutive year, children under the age of 18, seniors age 65 or older and the disabled can swim for free at all city pools.

Children between the ages of 3 to 6 must be potty-trained and accompanied by an adult at all times. Children younger than 3 must wear a swim diaper.

The charge for adults ages 18 to 64 will be $2.50; those who have a city library card will pay $2.

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