Neighbors are celebrating the reopening of a pool in a Watts neighborhood they say doesn't give children a lot of option for exercise or play.
The pool opened Saturday with nearly $4 million in renovations for the first time in eight years.
Watts residents avoided the 109th Street pool because they feared for their safety, City Councilman Joe Buscaino said.
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The crime rate and plumbing stopped residents from using the pool.
For Yareli Lorenzo, a Watts resident who doesn't have air-conditioning, the pool is a sight for sore eyes.
"Honestly, I feel happy," she said.
The pool created 18 new jobs, but some residents like Bobby Walker say they want more.
"This is just the start right here, this neighborhood needs a lot more, like activities for the kids," she said.