But Englander forgot to mention one pool right here in Granada Hills: the Knollwood Pool.
Although it shares a parking lot with Knollwood Country Club, the pool is free and open to the public as it's not operated by the club, but by L.A. County Parks and Recreation.
The pool is one of Granada Hills best-kept secrets -- even many nearby residents don't know it's there for the taking. Lively but uncrowded, in a small, sheltered area with shade and a grass lawn for lounging, you can even take swim lessons here, or just go for a dip -- no membership required.
12040 Balboa Blvd.
Open 12:30-5 daily thru Sept. 5