of Burbank's most populated and economically disadvantaged areas,
The community school presently is at a temporary building on its
future site. The school will move into the permanent facility in about
two years, said Ali Kiafar, district chief facilities and development
"We've designed it in a way so the temporary building is in the open
space, and once thefacility is completed, the school will move in,"
The school serves high school students with learning disorders or
emotional problems that prevent them from attending regular class.
On the drawing board is a two-story building that will house the
Community Day School and a youth recreational center, possibly the
Burbank Boys & Girls Club. The cost of the facility is estimated at $4.5
million and will be split between the district and the city, Kiafar said.
A 5- to 7-acre park, at an estimated cost of $20 million, will be
built adjacent to the facility and will include a lighted soccer field,
skateboard park and playground. The park is scheduled to open in five
years at the earliest, said Mike Flaat, Parks, Recreation & Community
"This is an area that is geographically underserved," Flaat said, "If
you look at a city map, you will see that there are no parks in that
City Manager Bud Ovrom said the project will be beneficial for Burbank
residents. The only drawback is that it will take time to complete.
"It's tough to acquire land and develop it," Ovrom said, "So we know
it's going to take some time."