The city works to meet other types of needs as well.
A Feb. 2 Burbank Leader letter to the editor said Bel Aire field poses
challenges to the disabled due to its extreme hill. Mike Flad, the city's
Park, Recreation and Community Services Director, agreed with writer Jim
"I can't think of another field that has the problems that Bel Aire
has," Flad said. "So he's bringing up a valid point."
If a disabled person plans to attend an event, necessary
accommodations will be made if the city is contacted in advance, Flad
said. Or, if the person was regularly going to one facility that posed
difficulties, the venue could be moved.
"When we encounter a situation where someone has a disability, we
would not schedule an activity at that facility," Flad said.
When the city sponsors classes for residents, like children's summer
camp sessions, other accommodations are sometimes necessary.
"For our classes, we bring in sign language interpreters at no cost to
the student," Flad said of hearing-impaired children.