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A swimming pool re-opened in South Los Angeles Friday after being closed for 12 years, following a $4.1 million renovation project that repaired damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake and added a new children’s splash area.

The Central Recreation Center Pool, at 1357 E. 22nd St., officially re- opened today, with free swim admission all summer for youths 7-17 years of age that is being paid for by Kaiser Permanente as part of the health provider’s “Operation Splash” initiative. The pool closed in 2004.

The Central Recreation pool is estimated to draw 13,000 kids this summer, according to Department of Recreation and Parks spokeswoman Rose Watson. She added that a pool party for area children was being held this afternoon to celebrate the pool’s re-opening.

Kaiser Permanente, which paid for the swim admissions, this year gave the Recreation and Parks department a $240,000 grant to cover swim lessons.

In addition to the city pools, seven swimming pools operated by the County of Los Angeles also opened last Saturday, with another 23 opening tomorrow.

–City News Service

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