Summer pools open in L.A.

COMPTON, Calif. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa kicked off the pool season at the opening of the newly renovated pool and waterslide at Jackie Tatum/Harvard Aquatic Center in South Los Angeles.

At the Roy Campanella Park in Compton officials launched a summer kick-off. Families who showed up were greeted with a wealth of services and information; from health-screenings to information on foreclosures.

More than 30 seasonal pools citywide are expected to remain open Saturday through Labor Day. Year-round pools will begin their summer schedule Saturday.

Even though the city's budget is stretched thin, the Operation Splash program will continue thanks to $1.7 million in funds from Kaiser Permanente. The program teaches kids and their parents how to swim for free.

ABC7 is also teaming up with the American Red Cross, Aetna, L.A. Care and the LADWP for the 13th annual ABCs of a Safe Summer. From May thru August, ABC7 will help provide viewers with the tools to help them keep their families safe over the summer.

Admission to the seasonal pools is free for children 17 and younger and seniors age 65 and older. Adults ages 18-64 pay $2.50.

Registration for the free swim lessons is on-site at participating pool locations. For more information call the Aquatics Office at (323) 906-7953, or visit the Department of Recreation and Parks' Web site.

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