HOLLYWOOD - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, in a dress shirt and slacks, took the first dive into the Hollywood Pool, which officially opened this week following a $7.2 million dollar renovation.
The Councilmember, who represents Hollywood in the 13th Council District, joined the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Bureau of Engineering at the dedication ceremony. The renovation included the pool and pool building, and used Prop K funds to construct a new ADA-compliant facility. Prop K is a bond initiative and annual property assessment that provides money for parks and recreational facilities.
“The reopening of this beautiful pool is just the latest in my continuing commitment to help improve the quality of life, health, and fitness for my constituents,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, who also serves as the Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, and Los Angeles River Committee. “I want to extend my sincere appreciation to Rec and Parks, the Bureau of Engineering, and my constituents for helping place another jewel in the crown of our parks system.”
The Hollywood Pool also includes a water slide, three shaded bleachers, a new lifeguard chair, and California-friendly landscaping.
“The pool is great,” said Vicenta Martinez, who lives near the pool. “We’ve been waiting for it to open so we can take our kids.”
Recreational swimming hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. The general admission cost is $3.50 for adults ages 18-64, $1 for children under 17 and seniors 65 and older. For information, call the pool office at (323)460-7030, or visit www.laparks.org.
In his first two years in office, the Councilmember has built or made improvements at four park facilities since he was sworn into office: Carlton Way Park, Lemon Grove Park, Seily Rodriguez Park, and Smith Park. In addition, he has negotiated green space at several residential projects in the 13th District.