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.

12th July 2013

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THRILLIST: From boozy island beaches to exclusive pools, these are the 5 best places to swim in and around LA →

Some interesting choices here; let’s call it  a random but good mix of pools and beaches. I definitely give Hansen Dam a big thumbs up, but my list would look a little different. Oh and if you want to see true kid crazyness, go to the L.A. Swim Stadium kids’ pool on the weekend. It’s quite a show!

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14th June 2013

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CHEVIOT HILLS POOL
2693 Motor Ave (S. of Pico and W. of Avenue of the Stars)
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310-202-2844
http://www.laparks.org/dos/aquatic/facility/cheviotHillsPool.htm
SUMMER 2013 SWIM SCHEDULE (until 9/1, check website above for updates!)
Opening Day – June 15
Saturday …………………………. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
June 16 – June 22 
Monday – Friday ……………… 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday …………. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
June 23 – August 18 
Monday – Friday ……………. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Monday – Friday (Lap Swim) 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday ………….. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
August 19 – September 1 
Monday – Friday ……………… 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday …………. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Labor Day, Sept 2 ………….. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Pool subject to opening late on Saturdays due to Swim Meets.
SEASONAL / OUTDOOR / UNHEATED / DIVING BOARD
COST: $2.50 / $2.00 with LA library card
$55 pass for 30 admissions 
FREE FOR CHILDREN / SENIORS / ADAPTIVE
It has been an eternity since I posted a proper review of an LA pool on this blog and I intend to rectify that situation right now (and celebrate the beginning of summer) by telling you a little bit about the Cheviot Hills Pool, one of my neighborhood swim spots.
This pool is perfectly decent if you are looking for a place to cool off and have fun in the summer. It is not really made for lap swimming, although they do have an hour dedicated to it from 5 to 6 pm every weekday. The pool is an antique: it is built in a style common to many LA public pools such as Glassell Park and Echo Deep, with a deeper middle area (where the diving board is) and two “wings” that grow gradually more shallow. This pool has an odd length of forty meters, while its depth at each end is too shallow for flip turns or anything of that sort. So if you do end up doing laps here, they are going to be pretty low-key. Note also that Cheviot Hills Pool has a very high gutter around its perimeter that seems to have been repaired many times, and it is tough to hold on to the edge or hoist oneself out of the pool in the deep area as a result.  
Nevertheless this pool does have its charms – it is never very busy there and Ric and I spent a fun and successful day doing suicides instead of laps as our exercise one time. It has a big deck that you can lay out on and some benches in a little shady space on the north side of the pool. The changing area is very basic and feels semi-outdoor though it is covered: it is essentially a broad hallway, where there are two long benches and a series of changing stalls (an attendant will store your stuff in exchange for a safety pin). This vestibule then segues into a second hall of shower stalls. These showers are push-button but because they are so old-school they stay on for a long time and get really warm, which is nice. Perhaps what’s best of all is that this pool is part of a huge park and recreational center where there is LOTS to do, including a 3-par golf course, tennis courts, softball fields – even an archery range and a petanque court! So you can definitely make a sporting day of it at Cheviot Hills.

CHEVIOT HILLS POOL

2693 Motor Ave (S. of Pico and W. of Avenue of the Stars)

Los Angeles, CA 90064

310-202-2844

http://www.laparks.org/dos/aquatic/facility/cheviotHillsPool.htm

SUMMER 2013 SWIM SCHEDULE (until 9/1, check website above for updates!)

Opening Day – June 15

Saturday …………………………. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

June 16 – June 22 

Monday – Friday ……………… 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday …………. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

June 23 – August 18 

Monday – Friday ……………. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday – Friday (Lap Swim) 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday ………….. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

August 19 – September 1 

Monday – Friday ……………… 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday …………. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Labor Day, Sept 2 ………….. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Pool subject to opening late on Saturdays due to Swim Meets.

SEASONAL / OUTDOOR / UNHEATED / DIVING BOARD

COST: $2.50 / $2.00 with LA library card

$55 pass for 30 admissions

FREE FOR CHILDREN / SENIORS / ADAPTIVE

It has been an eternity since I posted a proper review of an LA pool on this blog and I intend to rectify that situation right now (and celebrate the beginning of summer) by telling you a little bit about the Cheviot Hills Pool, one of my neighborhood swim spots.

This pool is perfectly decent if you are looking for a place to cool off and have fun in the summer. It is not really made for lap swimming, although they do have an hour dedicated to it from 5 to 6 pm every weekday. The pool is an antique: it is built in a style common to many LA public pools such as Glassell Park and Echo Deep, with a deeper middle area (where the diving board is) and two “wings” that grow gradually more shallow. This pool has an odd length of forty meters, while its depth at each end is too shallow for flip turns or anything of that sort. So if you do end up doing laps here, they are going to be pretty low-key. Note also that Cheviot Hills Pool has a very high gutter around its perimeter that seems to have been repaired many times, and it is tough to hold on to the edge or hoist oneself out of the pool in the deep area as a result.  

Nevertheless this pool does have its charms – it is never very busy there and Ric and I spent a fun and successful day doing suicides instead of laps as our exercise one time. It has a big deck that you can lay out on and some benches in a little shady space on the north side of the pool. The changing area is very basic and feels semi-outdoor though it is covered: it is essentially a broad hallway, where there are two long benches and a series of changing stalls (an attendant will store your stuff in exchange for a safety pin). This vestibule then segues into a second hall of shower stalls. These showers are push-button but because they are so old-school they stay on for a long time and get really warm, which is nice. Perhaps what’s best of all is that this pool is part of a huge park and recreational center where there is LOTS to do, including a 3-par golf course, tennis courts, softball fields – even an archery range and a petanque court! So you can definitely make a sporting day of it at Cheviot Hills.

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10th June 2013

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Guest of a Guest: Dip Into These 8 L.A. Hotel Pools Without A Room Reservation →


Sunset Tower Hotel pool via @laceystudio

"Although summer is synonymous with pool season here in Los Angeles, unless you’re fortunate enough to have one in your own back yard, it’s not always easy to find a swimming pool that will happily host us for an afternoon. Most hotel pools are for guest use only, but we’ve done the recon and found the best ones that welcome locals for daytime use. Whether you’re looking to lounge peacefully in the sun with a book, or splash around with friends over drinks and party tunes, here’s a guide to accessing eight of L.A.’s best hotel pools where you don’t have to be an overnight guest to take a dip."

Some nice suggestions here if you are looking for a luxe LA aquatic experience!

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10th April 2013

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(via Daily Express: Real-life mermaid with a £10,000 tail she uses to swim with sharks)
All I can say is, of course this girl and her tail are from LA!! It may also be worth noting that, contrary to the headline, she is not actually a ‘real life’ mermaid - I’d say she is more like a Hollywood fantasy. Well, at least she is promoting ocean conservation!

(via Daily Express: Real-life mermaid with a £10,000 tail she uses to swim with sharks)

All I can say is, of course this girl and her tail are from LA!! It may also be worth noting that, contrary to the headline, she is not actually a ‘real life’ mermaid - I’d say she is more like a Hollywood fantasy. Well, at least she is promoting ocean conservation!

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21st January 2013

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CURBED LA MAP: 17 OF LA’S AWESOMEST AND DOUCHIEST POOLS AND SWIM SPOTS
It’s been awhile since I last posted a pool review, and despite the fact that it’s mid-winter, all this beautiful Southland weather has me feeling both guilty and inspired. I’ve therefore decided to split the difference, and post a link to Curbed LA's map from last summer, wherein local swim spots are ranked by their difficulty to access, and, in turn, by the relative factor of douche or awesomeness displayed at each.
There’s something for everyone here, including a few places previously mentioned on this blog, as well as a number of pools I’m keen to explore further and report back to y’all on in upcoming installments, so stay tuned. Airbnb in Alhambra, anyone??

CURBED LA MAP: 17 OF LA’S AWESOMEST AND DOUCHIEST POOLS AND SWIM SPOTS

It’s been awhile since I last posted a pool review, and despite the fact that it’s mid-winter, all this beautiful Southland weather has me feeling both guilty and inspired. I’ve therefore decided to split the difference, and post a link to Curbed LA's map from last summer, wherein local swim spots are ranked by their difficulty to access, and, in turn, by the relative factor of douche or awesomeness displayed at each.

There’s something for everyone here, including a few places previously mentioned on this blog, as well as a number of pools I’m keen to explore further and report back to y’all on in upcoming installments, so stay tuned. Airbnb in Alhambra, anyone??

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3rd December 2012

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KENDRICK LAMAR - SWIMMING POOLS (DRANK)

This is a newish rapper from LA that all the young whippersnappers really like right now. I think the song is just alright, but I do like the idea of getting “a swimming pool full of liquor then you dive in it,” as he says in the hook. I know it’s only a metaphor for getting really wasted, but I still they wish they would’ve dramatized this in the video! Well, at least they got a pool in there… 

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6th November 2012

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Swim vote

( Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times / November 6, 2012 )
Voters cast their ballots as swimmers take laps at Echo Park Pool in Los Angeles.


How cool is this? Only in LA! Happy election day, Angelinos!!

Swim vote

( Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times / November 6, 2012 )

Voters cast their ballots as swimmers take laps at Echo Park Pool in Los Angeles.
How cool is this? Only in LA! Happy election day, Angelinos!!

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4th August 2012

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At the Echo 8/29! jamz.

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/146007/

thechemicalbrkfst:

Poolside - Only Everything


Great new daytime disco tunes, and they’re from LA too! How appropriate.

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2nd July 2012

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L.A.C.E.S. AQUATIC CENTER (guest post by Ric)

5931 West 18th St., Los Angeles, CA 90035 (map)

(Just off La Cienega, part of the LA Center for Enriched Studies magnet school campus)

323.933.8345

http://www.laparks.org/dos/aquatic/facility/lacesPool.htm

SUMMER LAP SWIM SCHEDULE (until 8/10/12, check website above for updates!)

MON-FRI   8-9pm 

SAT-SUN  12-1pm

SCHOOL YEAR LAP SWIM SCHEDULE

MON-FRI 7-9pm

YEAR-ROUND / INDOOR / HEATED (81-83 degrees)

25 meters x 25 yards (8 lanes), 3-13 ft. depth, 2 diving boards

COST: $2.50 / $2.00 with LA library card

$55 pass for 30 admissions

FREE FOR CHILDREN / SENIORS / ADAPTIVE

Hi All,

Ric here. Sorry for the incredibly long lag in posting: Chiara asked me back in, like, January if I could write the post on the pool at LACES (Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies) over here in the Pico-Robertson area. Winter is long over and we have long been back swimming outdoors (well, technically I have been frequenting the Culver City Plunge since the new year, but Chiara steadfastly refuses to get in the water when it’s a “freezing” 75 degrees outside) – nevertheless I figured I’d finally get on it.

When we moved here from Echo Park about a year ago, we were pleasantly surprised to discover a pool so close to our house. Culver City is fairly close as well but it tends to be chaotic at all times (I’m talking 4-8 people per lane regularly). LACES, just a few blocks east of the intersection of La Cienega and 18th, provides a lovely little substitute for the winter months when the sun descends at 4pm. We’re academics and thus can occasionally make our way to the pool midday, but most days during the school year we have to swim in the late afternoon or early evening when it’s legitimately starting to get cold. Hence our pleasure in finding a relatively low-key pool to visit in the evenings. For some reason Chiara never seems to have made it to LACES with me, but apart from my general melancholy at swimming without the wifey I’ve always enjoyed my experiences there.

According to its website LACES is a magnet school, which means you’re likely even at lap-swim hours to run into a decent number of highschoolers involved in extracurricular or athletic activities. Don’t be scared of the little monsters! Locker rooms are standard-issue LAUSD chic, but because it’s a school there aren’t any lockers for personal use. There is, however, an attendant who will trade you one of those pin-tabs for keeping your bag in a small locked room. Since I’m a control-freak, and since experience has taught me that showing up even 5 minutes after lap-swim begins means competing for lane space, I’ve always found myself arriving early. Unlike, say, the swim stadium near USC (our favorite pool in the city still by far), where even if you are the only soul on the deck you have to wait for the exact minute, my 15 minutes of down time prior to starting are always entertaining: kids taking swim and diving lessons and, best of all, a girls’ synchronized swim team. For what look to be 10-14 year olds they are damn impressive! Equally entertaining is the coach, a 20ish-looking young woman harriedly starting and stopping music, counting strokes and miming very exact hand-and-finger movements. Good times! With almost Germanic zeal and precision this all comes to an end exactly at 7pm.

The pool itself, one of the newest in the city (built in 2004), has 8 lanes and is 25 meters in length. For better and worse, 2 of those lanes are reserved: one for swim lessons and another for a local youth swim team. (I’ve butted heads, literally and figuratively, with a few of these hellions on occasion.) Which means the remaining 6 lanes can get a bit cozy. I mostly went on Tuesday nights when the crowd wasn’t terribly large, though there were a few times when I shared a lane with 3 others. Lanes are marked “Slow”, “Medium” and “Fast”, but really I can’t think of a pool where people really observe those distinctions, and in the case of LACES everyone seemed to be mixed.

LACES provides kick-boards, pull-buoys and even flippers (which make butterfly much more enjoyable!). I find the water a bit too chlorine-y, but that I suppose is to be expected of a pool that caters primarily to hormonal teenagers.

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3rd November 2011

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Graphic of the Day: David Hockney

What says ‘Swimming in LA’ better than a David Hockney swimming pool painting? (One of these days I will have to write a proper post about these…)
I miss summer!
Oh and new content coming soon, I promise!!

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Graphic of the Day: David Hockney

What says ‘Swimming in LA’ better than a David Hockney swimming pool painting? (One of these days I will have to write a proper post about these…)

I miss summer!

Oh and new content coming soon, I promise!!

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