A newly refurbished swimming pool is finally open to the public at the Westchester Recreation Center.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl joined officials from the city Department of Recreation and Parks and local community members Monday, July 26 to celebrate the re-opening of the swimming pool with more than $2.5 million in improvements at Westchester Park.

Renovation and enhancements to the popular community pool and bathhouse began last summer. As part of the project, city staff made extensive mechanical and plumbing system improvements, making the pool at Westchester Park one of the only heated outdoor public pools operated by the city of Los Angeles.

Other enhancements completed included painting, installation of a new deck, filtration system, changing room, sinks and showers. The front office counter was refurbished, pool surroundings were cleaned up and redecorated, the electrical and plumbing systems were renovated and landscaping was enhanced, according to the recreation and parks department.

Upgrades done to the recreation center included installation of resilient surfacing at the existing play area, waterproofing of the masonry walls of the gymnasium and restriping and disabled access improvements in the parking lot. All construction work was performed by Department of Recreation and Parks staff and project funding was provided through developer fees.

The Department of Recreation and Parks operates 54 summer (seasonal) pools that are open June 26 through August. These outdoor facilities offer morning and afternoon public swim sessions and are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends.

The city’s pools offer free swimming for youth 17 and under, seniors and disabled. Adults showing a library card get a reduced admission price of $2 rather than the regular admission of $2.50.