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It’s A Summer Time Splash at Obregon Park

A lot of splashing was going on Tuesday at the newly renovated pool at Eugene A. Obregon Park in East Los Angeles, that re-opened in time to give some relief from this week’s sweltering summer heat wave.

Obregon Park Pool - East Los Angeles [1]

Novice divers and synchronized swimmers sharpen their water skills as they take refuge from the rising temperature and summer boredom. EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo

“What a great way to kick off the summer—by celebrating the renovation of the Obregon Park Pool,” said Supervisor Gloria Molina, in whose district the park and pool are located.

“As we know, this pool is a vital community resource which provides healthy recreation.  And, I can already see East L.A.’s very own Olympic hopefuls!”

As part of the day’s festivities, a number of youth participants in the park’s diving and synchronized swim classes demonstrated their water skills to the delight of onlookers.

Los Angeles County spent $3.6 million to renovate the 25-yard, six-lane pool built in 1969. Upgrades include an ADA-compliant pool building; family changing room; refurbished dressing rooms, showers and office, and a new pool lift.

The pool will be open for both recreational swim times, and swim instruction for all levels. Diving classes are also offered at the Obregon Park pool, located at 4021 E. First St., LA 90063. For more information about swim times and classes, call (323) 260-2377 or visit the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation page online at http://parks.lacounty.gov/ [2]

There are several other nearby county pools open to the public this summer, including:

—Atlantic Avenue Park Pool: 570 S. Atlantic Blvd., LA 90022. Call (323) 260-2341 for more information.

—City Terrace Park Pool: 1126 N. Hazard Ave, LA 90063. Call (323) 260-2376.

—Ruben Salazar Park Pool: 3864 Whittier Blvd., LA, 90023. Call (323) 260-2378.

Pool hours vary slightly from park to park but all of them are open M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend hours are from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The pool at E. Obregon Park is also open M-W from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. and the City Terrace Park Pool Park pool is open Th-Sat from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.