Swimmers arriving at the Glassell Park Swimming Pool have recently been greeted by an unwelcome sight: a front-door sign announcing that the year-around pool will close on August 12. Budget cuts will force the Recreation and Parks Department to close three year-around, municipal pools in Glassell Park, Pacoima and San Pedro for much of the year. Department spokeswoman Andrea Epstein said the three pools join others across the city that operate on a seasonal schedule, which means they will be open only when surrounding public schools are closed for the summer months.
Once August 12 comes up, the Glassell Park pool on Verdugo Road will close and be drained until the following summer. That means Glassell Park swimmers looking for year-around pools will have to dive into the indoor swimming centers in Echo Park and El Sereno, according to a city aquatics guide.