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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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"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.
(‘The Cinematic Allure of the Swimming Pool’ | Slate)
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These photos are mostly creepy and not wholly insipring of summer, but….
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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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.”
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!!
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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!
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