This is an ongoing chronicle of the many and varied public, semi-private and private pools of the Los Angeles area, as well as other swimmable bodies of water.

It is intended as a resource for those avid swimmers out there who want the low-down on where to go (and where not to go) for some acquatic action in our fair city.

13th July 2014

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Anonymous said: how much does it cost to get to swim please let me know thank u

It’s funny that you ask; here is what LA city pool rates are as of June 2014:

Adults (18 – 64 ) $3.50
Children ( 0 – 17 ) $1.00
Seniors ( 65 & Up ) $1.00
Persons with Disabilities (All Ages ) $1.00 
Lap Swim Pass $87.50

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28th June 2014

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"Social Pool" by artist Alfredo Barsuglia

Click on the photo to read more from the LA Times: ‘Does the Mojave desert need an artist-built swimming pool? Maybe’ by Carolina A. Miranda

This pool/art project is somewhere in the middle of the Mojave desert. You need a key to access it and to get the GPS coordinates for its location. You can keep the key for 24 hours and only 4 people at a time can access it. To get the key you must visit MAK Center for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood. The artistic message is meant to be one about luxury, exclusivity and consumption. 

If I had the luxury of time, I would so go on this adventure!! If anyone else out there is able to visit, please let swimminginla know all about it.

"Social Pool" by artist Alfredo Barsuglia

Click on the photo to read more from the LA Times: ‘Does the Mojave desert need an artist-built swimming pool? Maybe’ by Carolina A. Miranda

This pool/art project is somewhere in the middle of the Mojave desert. You need a key to access it and to get the GPS coordinates for its location. You can keep the key for 24 hours and only 4 people at a time can access it. To get the key you must visit MAK Center for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood. The artistic message is meant to be one about luxury, exclusivity and consumption.

If I had the luxury of time, I would so go on this adventure!! If anyone else out there is able to visit, please let swimminginla know all about it.

Tagged: social poolalfredo barsugliamojave desertmak centerla times

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23rd May 2014

Video

THIS IS!!

(‘The Cinematic Allure of the Swimming Pool’ | Slate)

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Source: Slate

23rd May 2014

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(via 12 Vintage Photos of People Learning to Swim | Mental Floss)

These photos are mostly creepy and not wholly insipring of summer, but….

(via 12 Vintage Photos of People Learning to Swim | Mental Floss)

These photos are mostly creepy and not wholly insipring of summer, but….

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Source: mentalfloss.com

29th March 2014

Photo reblogged from The Atlantic with 862 notes

theatlantic:

Chemists Decree: Don’t Pee in the Pool

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.
Read more. [Image: Matt Dunham/AP]

theatlantic:

Chemists Decree: Don’t Pee in the Pool

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.

Read more. [Image: Matt Dunham/AP]

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31st January 2014

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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!

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!

Tagged: silverlakesilver lake reservoirlos feliz ledgerswim lake

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7th December 2013

Link reblogged from joseph k lee with 23 notes

The Big Atlas of LA Pools →

jk-lee:

Idea & Concept: Benedikt Groß & Joseph K. Lee

Graphic Design Books: Anna-Luise Lorenz & Julia Laub

Developed With: ArcGIS, Basil.js, Processing, Python, QGIS and Shapely

Crowdsourcing: Clipping Factory and Amazon Mechanical Turk

Special Thanks: Frank Weiprecht

Here is lots more on the LA pool atlas, from the co-creator of the project

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2nd December 2013

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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! 

"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 TimesMappers 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! 

Tagged: LA Timesswimming poolsmapsdata

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Source: fw.to

2nd December 2013

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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.”

Concept & Idea
Benedikt Groß / Joseph k. Lee

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!!

Tagged: Vimeostreetviewhyperlapselalosangelesswimmingpoolpool

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Source: vimeo.com

11th November 2013

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(via Swimming Pools at the Beach? When L.A. Took the Plunge | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET)
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!

(via Swimming Pools at the Beach? When L.A. Took the Plunge | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET)

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!

Tagged: bath househistoryswimming poolplungebeachsouthern californiakcet

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Source: kcet.org