City to reopen public pools, swim lessons next week

The summer will still have swimming, just with a few changes, according to an announcement from the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine department.

Starting Monday, lap swim and water exercise classes will begin again at Belmont Plaza Pool and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Pool. Then, on July 6, both pools will also will offer swim lessons. The Silverado Park Pool will start all three programs on July 6.

Lap swim is going to be offered on a reservation-only basis in 45-minute sessions. The lanes will be set up in 25-meter lengths to increase capacity with physical distancing with one person per lane.

Water exercise classes will be offered with reservations only and limited based on available space in the pool.

Swim lessons start on July 6, but classes will have reduced sizes and instruction will happen from the pool deck. PK 1-3 and levels 1-3 will require an adult household member to be in the water with the participant to assist with the instruction.

People can register for swim lessons beginning Friday, June 26, at lbparks.org. In-person registration for swim lessons are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26 (Belmont Plaza Pool and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Pool) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 29 (Silverado Park Pool), as well as during operating hours, as listed above.

You can register for the water programs starting Friday at lbparks.org or in-person from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26 at Belmont Plaza Pool and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Pool or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29 at Silverado Park Pool, as well as during operating hours.

Shower and restroom facilities will be available, and locker rooms will be accessible on a limited basis where available.

Operating hours: 

Belmont Plaza Pool

  • Lap Swim
    • Weekdays, 5:30 to 9:15 a.m.; 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 to 8:45 p.m.
    • Weekends, 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Water Exercise
    • Deep Water: Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:05 to 10:45 a.m.
    • Shallow Water: Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:05 to 11:45 a.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:05 to 7:45 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Pool

  • Lap Swim
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6 to 8 a.m.
    • Sundays through Saturdays: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Water Exercise
    • Shallow Water: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.
    • Deep Water Aerobics: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6:30 a.m. to 7:20 a.m.
    • Shallow Water Aerobics: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

Silverado Community Pool

  • Lap Swim
    • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 6:30 to 8:15 a.m.
    • Weekdays, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
    • Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6:30  to 7:15 p.m.
    • Weekends, 12:15 to 1 p.m.
  • Water Exercise
    • Deep Water: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 10:05 to 10:45 a.m.
    • Shallow Water: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 11:05 to 11:45 a.m.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.
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