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More hours for La Jolla Rec Center

La Jolla Park and Recreation Inc., the nonprofit that oversees operations at the La Jolla Recreation Center, has bought 15 extra hours a week to keep the facility open longer for the next six months.

“That’s why we’ll be open at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday,” said Dianne Brittingham, the rec center’s executive director. “We’ve never been under that. We’ve always purchased hours, which I think is something the community is very grateful for.”

Brittingham said many other city of San Diego recreation centers are only open 40 hours a week starting at noon or 1 p.m. because they are unable or unwilling to buy hours beyond that.

“We’ve always been open early for our community,” she added.

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The rec council board is paying $17,334 for donated hours over the next six months through the end of December - 390 hours total at a cost of $44 an hour, Brittingham noted.

“We’re also purchasing staffing hours in the office to assist me with special events since we don’t have an assistant,” she said. “The total we’re paying for extra hours and the staffing is $23,470 for six extra hours and the staffing.”

In January, the rec council board will reconsider buying more extra hours to keep the rec center open longer for another six months.