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Kaiser Permanente's Operation Splash will provide a $50,000 grant to the City of Riverside Recreation and Parks to fund free swim lessons and pool activities for up to 400 children in Riverside this summer Thursday, June 12, 3:00 p.m. at Shamel Park Pool, 3650 Arlington Ave., Riverside.

Operation Splash, a three-year program begun in Los Angeles in 2006, has now expanded to include Riverside, Fontana and Chula Vista. The additional funding of $50,000 for each new city will bring Kaiser Permanente's commitment to $1.5 million to help improve swim safety and access to pool activities in low-income areas. The goal of the program is to help reduce obesity by increasing opportunities for safe, physical activity. 

The mission of Operation Splash is to support aquatic facilities and swim programs that help increase physical activity in low-income areas, diminish the risk of chronic disease, and build strong bodies. The program encourages all participants to become water-safe in a fun and healthy environment. Children and their parents will be able to register for the free swim lessons at the pool. 

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