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By Story by Seth Amitin ?Photo by Tammy Abbott | April 18, 2009
Berit Kaesler might owe some of her athletic prowess to genetics. Being the daughter of a German gymnast probably aided in giving her the foundation she needed to become a success. “I used to be a swimmer and I used to play soccer,” said Kaesler, a standout aquatics athlete at La Cañada High. “But I was never that great at soccer, and swimming got really boring. “Water polo seemed to be the perfect fit for me. Being able to swim and outswim other girls, [and]
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By Joyce Rudolph | September 4, 2009
The City Council’s decision to extend the aquatics season at McCambridge Park Pool is making a splash with members of the Aqua Trim Fitness class that meets Saturday mornings. The hours were to have been extended last summer, but were delayed when McCambridge Park Pool was closed due to structural damage following the Chino earthquake, said Erin Barrows, recreation supervisor. “We are continuing the aquatic season because September is a hot month also,” she said.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | June 29, 2012
For the second time in Burbank's Rose Parade float history, an underwater scene has won the annual float design contest. The “Deep Sea Adventures” float was designed by Richard Burrow, a 53-year-old architect from Mission Viejo who beat out 70 other entries. “Right from the start, we knew we had a great design,” said Erik Andersen of the design committee for the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. “We didn't feel it needed too many tweaks.” In six hours, Burrow sketched the float, beginning with the submarine, which he imagined had run out of gas, able to keep moving with help from friendly sea creatures.
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May 24, 2013
Kate Blevins has been waiting years to take a dip in her neighborhood pool. One recent sunny afternoon, the 10-year Burbank resident gazed at the Olympic-sized pool and aquatic playground from the balcony of the Verdugo Aquatic Center. PHOTOS: Remodeled Verdugo Aquatic Center The facility has been closed for renovations since 2008. But for her, it looks well worth the wait. And when it opens - which after a series of delays is slated to happen early June - she and the rest of Burbank will have beyond just the summer to use it. The City Council on Thursday decided to keep the facility - minus the large blue and green water slides - open 11 months of the year for a one-year pilot period.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | October 1, 2011
BURBANK HIGH — When Adam Wright first joined the Burbank High aquatics program in 2002, the Bulldogs were experiencing lean times. "There is no club swimming in Burbank, so right off the bat we're at a disadvantage," said Wright, a Hart High graduate. "When I came in, the program in swim and water polo, there were probably maybe 40 kids total, boys and girls. Now we're looking at 140 in the programs the last couple of years. "To just look at the progression and to see how far we've come since then is pretty amazing.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 24, 2009
CITY HALL — Parks officials on Tuesday presented four options for replacing swimming pools at Verdugo and McCambridge parks totaling some $16 million as the City Council explores an expanded aquatics season. Options for Verdugo range from $7.33 million to $6.1 million, with an additional $3.7-million option to permanently or temporarily enclose a portion of the facility. Option A calls for a 50-meter swimming pool, 2,800-square-foot activity pool and complete remodel of the existing bathhouse building.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | January 9, 2008
CITY HALL — Officials with the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department presented three options to the Burbank City Council on Tuesday for a possible year-round aquatic center, filling area swimmers with hope that a Burbank pool might be open all year. The park and recreation department operates two Olympic-size outdoor swimming pools in Burbank, one at McCambridge Park, the other at Verdugo Park. The pools at McCambridge and Verdugo are open for summer swimming from June to Labor Day in September.
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August 5, 2006
BURBANK ? Hard work during the summer has paid off for a group of aquatics athletes. Swimming and water polo teams from the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department enjoyed success in competitions last weekend ? and some earned the right to move on. Participating in Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation events, the most successful team was the 14-and-under co-ed water polo squad. The team went undefeated in three matches at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, downing Santa Clarita, 11-6, Pasadena, 13-7, and Newhall, 9-6. With Henry Thompson coming up big in goal, Burbank received fine play from Phillip Diaz, Cody Weisman, Meghan Ferguson, Madeline Porter, Jessica Fish, Jesse Beltran, John Louis-Dell and Andrew Pham.
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By Bob Schmitt and Shannon Miller | June 21, 2008
We firmly support the Burbank City Council decision to extend the use of McCambridge Park Pool through October and thank the City Council members who initiated this action and later supported it (“Council OKs cash for pool,” June 14). But why should extending the swimming season require a special action by the council? Burbank has two fine public outdoor pools that should be meeting the recreation and exercise needs of Burbank and nearby residents and workers on a year-round basis, similar to the practices of the Los Angeles park pools and the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena.
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June 11, 2013
Verdugo pool is indeed finally open. A visit in the afternoon of June 8 showed hundreds of patrons in both pools and on the nearby deck and small grassy shaded area. To justify the city's investment in this facility, I hope they are still coming to use the pool between October and May - it's always great to swim any time of the year in Southern California. The crowd was much smaller for noon lap swimming on Sunday, but that's an activity which does not benefit from crowds. Burbank residents and swimmers from other communities should thank those responsible for the new Verdugo pool.
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May 24, 2013
Kate Blevins has been waiting years to take a dip in her neighborhood pool. One recent sunny afternoon, the 10-year Burbank resident gazed at the Olympic-sized pool and aquatic playground from the balcony of the Verdugo Aquatic Center. PHOTOS: Remodeled Verdugo Aquatic Center The facility has been closed for renovations since 2008. But for her, it looks well worth the wait. And when it opens - which after a series of delays is slated to happen early June - she and the rest of Burbank will have beyond just the summer to use it. The City Council on Thursday decided to keep the facility - minus the large blue and green water slides - open 11 months of the year for a one-year pilot period.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | June 29, 2012
For the second time in Burbank's Rose Parade float history, an underwater scene has won the annual float design contest. The “Deep Sea Adventures” float was designed by Richard Burrow, a 53-year-old architect from Mission Viejo who beat out 70 other entries. “Right from the start, we knew we had a great design,” said Erik Andersen of the design committee for the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. “We didn't feel it needed too many tweaks.” In six hours, Burrow sketched the float, beginning with the submarine, which he imagined had run out of gas, able to keep moving with help from friendly sea creatures.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | October 1, 2011
BURBANK HIGH — When Adam Wright first joined the Burbank High aquatics program in 2002, the Bulldogs were experiencing lean times. "There is no club swimming in Burbank, so right off the bat we're at a disadvantage," said Wright, a Hart High graduate. "When I came in, the program in swim and water polo, there were probably maybe 40 kids total, boys and girls. Now we're looking at 140 in the programs the last couple of years. "To just look at the progression and to see how far we've come since then is pretty amazing.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | September 4, 2009
The City Council’s decision to extend the aquatics season at McCambridge Park Pool is making a splash with members of the Aqua Trim Fitness class that meets Saturday mornings. The hours were to have been extended last summer, but were delayed when McCambridge Park Pool was closed due to structural damage following the Chino earthquake, said Erin Barrows, recreation supervisor. “We are continuing the aquatic season because September is a hot month also,” she said.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | June 24, 2009
CITY HALL — Parks officials on Tuesday presented four options for replacing swimming pools at Verdugo and McCambridge parks totaling some $16 million as the City Council explores an expanded aquatics season. Options for Verdugo range from $7.33 million to $6.1 million, with an additional $3.7-million option to permanently or temporarily enclose a portion of the facility. Option A calls for a 50-meter swimming pool, 2,800-square-foot activity pool and complete remodel of the existing bathhouse building.
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By Story by Seth Amitin ?Photo by Tammy Abbott | April 18, 2009
Berit Kaesler might owe some of her athletic prowess to genetics. Being the daughter of a German gymnast probably aided in giving her the foundation she needed to become a success. “I used to be a swimmer and I used to play soccer,” said Kaesler, a standout aquatics athlete at La Cañada High. “But I was never that great at soccer, and swimming got really boring. “Water polo seemed to be the perfect fit for me. Being able to swim and outswim other girls, [and]
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | January 9, 2008
CITY HALL — Officials with the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department presented three options to the Burbank City Council on Tuesday for a possible year-round aquatic center, filling area swimmers with hope that a Burbank pool might be open all year. The park and recreation department operates two Olympic-size outdoor swimming pools in Burbank, one at McCambridge Park, the other at Verdugo Park. The pools at McCambridge and Verdugo are open for summer swimming from June to Labor Day in September.
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