The Burbank City Council on Tuesday approved a grant that will help offset the cost of swimming classes, lifeguard lessons and competitive swim events for local youth this summer.
For the third consecutive year, the city was awarded $7,000 from the LA84 Foundation.
Established with surplus money from the 1984 Summer Olympics, the LA84 Foundation has donated millions to youth sports programs across Southern California since 1985, according to the organization.
Of this year’s $7,000 grant, $5,023 will support 45 part-time, seasonal staff members who will attend to locker rooms, coach swim lessons, team sports or life-guarding classes, according to the city.
About $1,700 will offset the cost of water polo nets, balls, stopwatches, buoys and swim caps. And nearly $300 will provide for staff shirts and hats.
But the financial help isn’t expected to last much longer.
“When the economy was doing well, the money that was in the foundation grew,” said Marisa Garcia of Burbank’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. “We know that in the next few years, the funding will not be there any longer.”