Here’s the thing. One-piece bathing suits, when wet, are very annoying to take off. And when you’re swimming three hours a day, as I did for practice on my high school swim team, climbing out of the pool, taking it off, and putting it back on every time you have to use the bathroom starts to feel burdensome. So maybe you just… go…somewhere in between the one millionth and one millionth and first lap you’ve swum that day.
Urine is sterile, and chlorine is sterilizing, right? This is the justification we offered ourselves, to counter our shame. Plus, decorated Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte do it.
Turns out that was a pretty bad idea, for more reasons than just the ick factor. A new study published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology, looked at the chemistry of what happens when urine meets chlorine, and it isn’t pretty.
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From the Los Feliz Ledger: “A Possible Plunge in the [Silverlake] Reservoir?”
Community support is building for an idea that is admittedly outlandish, but wonderful nevertheless - turning the decommissioned Silverlake reservoir into a grand pool complex with a beach area and a pier! Efforts to make this fantasy into a reality are currently underway and you can help spread the word. Check out swimsilverlake.org for more information and details on how to get involved.
My fingers are so crossed on this one, Angelenos!
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"Two academics wondered about the number of swimming pools in the L.A. Basin. They got their answer with computer mapping, but the easy access to the data was unnerving."
(via LA Times: Mappers spot all the pools in L.A. Basin)
Here is Bob Pool’s LA Times story on how this project, the “Big Atlas of L.A. Pools”, came to be and how the researchers went about collecting and collating all this information. Fascinating!
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"The LA Swimmer — 43123 Pools I Have Not Visited and Never Will: Imagine swimming across Los Angeles as if pool-by-pool they form a river through the city; 43123 oases stitched together in a desert of hyper-urban reality. You float unabashed down your unmapped highway of water, but are confronted very quickly by the fact that you are not welcome in this realm of kidney and clover bowls, Olympic-sized parallelograms, and hot tubs. Threatened by an unforgiving obstacle course of disgruntled homeowners and an impending court order you continue from pool to pool, your reconciliation awaiting you in the next chlorinated ecosystem.”
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This video, and its accompanying 74-volume(!) “Big Atlas of L.A. Pools”, is my dream come true: meticulous research + inspiration from Cheever’s “The Swimmer” + maps = total knowledge of the 43,123 pools in all of LA! Amazing work here!!
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Here’s a lovely trip down memory lane via KCET, with lots of great photos of the many bath houses and salt water plunges that dotted the SoCal landscape around the turn of the century. I would love to go back in time and experience what it must have been like to swim in these magnificent temples devoted to aquatic rest, play and relaxation!
Anonymous asked: I am going to watch a swim meet this saturday Oct. 12, 2013 and wonder if there are bleachers and/or shade. Is there a parking charge for handicapped? Is there a fee to watch the meet?
Do you know which pool is hosting the meet?
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Here’s an interesting tidbit about one of our favorite swim spots from patch.com. This pool should be open year round, so donate if you can!
The Glassell Pool is scheduled to close after Labor Day. Due to city budget cuts, this is the first year in over a decade that the pool will be operated on a seasonal schedule, open only during the summer. For years, swimmers from all over the Northeast Los Angeles community have enjoyed this pool, which offers lap swim, lessons for swimmers of all ages, and swim and water ballet teams. It also provides life guard training to youths and hosts the Marshall HS swim team during practice and meets against teams like ERHS.
The pool needs $470,000 to remain open between September and June. Friends of Glassell Pool have launched a SWIM FOR HEALTH fundraising effort. The group is looking for local corporate and community partners to help maintain and improve this neighborhood gem. The money raised will be used to supplement and enhance the Recreation and Parks budget. Your donation to the L.A. Parks Foundation, the City of L.A. Department of Rec and Parks fiscal agent, is 100-percent tax deductible. For more information on LAPF, please visit the website at www.lapf.org. Checks are made payable to L.A. Parks Foundation and should be mailed to the LA Parks Foundation at 11973 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90049 and earmarked for the Glassell Pool on the memo line.
For more information, contact Ronnie Solman at (323) 246-5653 or email@example.com.
Two women in a swimming pool of oranges, 1929. Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Dick Whittington Photography Collection.
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