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May 16, 2012
Thanks for your coverage of the Verdugo Pool situation. It truly is an issue that should be in the forefront continually until the pool reopens. Much of the last 20-year history of swimming in Burbank, and details on the closure of Verdugo Pool, is on my website, although not much updated. I've searched the Burbank government website and have found no specific references to the closure, repairs, contracts or planned re-opening of Verdugo Pool. Have I done a poor search, or has the city decided full disclosure to the public on this issue is not in someone's best interest?
June 29, 2012
McCambridge Pool is the only venue for adult lap swimming this year; Burroughs High (or Burbank High) pools were available during the week in prior years. While swimming at Burroughs was less than ideal, I think its absence this summer is a further decline in swimming opportunities for adults in Burbank. McCambridge pool, so far, is generally satisfactory except for the following: Weekday swimming uses the short width of the pool, a non-standard 22 yards. Only four lane lines have been set up. “Open-water” swimming is more difficult because there are no markings on the pool bottom.
March 25, 2006
Burbank swim team making a big splash In the preseason, Burbank High swimming Coach Adam Wright thought he had a talented boys' team that could possibly compete for one of the top spots in the Foothill League. "I think that we should have a real good shot at second place [in league]," he said prior to the start of the season. "I think we could possibly win five or six events at the league finals and get our share of CIF qualifiers." It looks like Wright could be right on target with his predictions.
May 16, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Attendance was high, but sales were down at the Scout-O-Rama this year. About 3,000 local residents came out to support the Verdugo Hills Council Boy Scouts of America at McCambridge Park Saturday during what event Chairman Jim Etter called a tremendous success, though one that raised less than half of the funds expected. Etter said a change in the event ticket-selling structure and a busy schedule contributed to the weak fund-raising.
May 24, 2003
Ben Godar After spending two of its last three meetings considering budget recommendations from city department heads, the City Council made few changes when it addressed the city's revenue shortfall Thursday night. While about 30 positions would be eliminated in the current version of the 2003-2004 spending plan, Financial Services Director Derek Hanway said it appears only two employees will be laid off, with the other positions vacated by retirements and other attrition.
July 9, 2003
Molly Shore Max Barbieri is used to splashing around in the bathtub, so his mom decided to enroll the 11-month-old in the Infant/Toddler/Parent swim class at the Verdugo Park pool. Bonnie Barbieri enjoys water sports, and wants her son to be at ease in a pool. "At first, he was skeptical of the water and hung on to me, but now he's doing great," she said. Water plays a big part in the recreational life of local residents, which is why children should be taught to swim at a young age, according to Courtney Collier, head lifeguard at McCambridge pool.
August 4, 2007
Bits and pieces from the local sports scene: Former Providence High standout picked up on waivers by Arizona : Jeff Cirillo has to be happy with what transpired on Friday. The veteran infielder, along with closer Byung Hyun Kim , were picked up on waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are in first place in the National League West. The 37-year-old Cirillo was hitting .261 with nine doubles, two homers and 21 runs batted in 50 games for the Minnesota Twins while playing first and third base, as well as some time as designated hitter.
By David Laurell | December 3, 2013
According to the American Caloric Control Council (yes, there really is such a thing), the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day. While, for many, the only exercise they get to work off that feast is clicking the remote back and forth between football games, for more than 2,300 members and supporters of the Burbank Community YMCA, some serious preemptive calorie burning took place this past Thanksgiving...
By Mark Kellam, | August 17, 2012
Swimmers at the McCambridge Park pool will have five additional weeks in which to splash around this year as city officials report above-average demand amid a prolonged heat wave. The Burbank City Council on Tuesday officially approved extending the aquatic season at McCambridge through Oct. 15, five weeks past the original closing date of Sept. 9. Extending the season will cost $45,943, said Judie Wilke, the city's new director of parks, recreation and community services. The staffing cost of $29,523 will come from funds set aside for the swim season at Verdugo Park, where the pool has been closed this summer for a major renovation, Wilke said.
June 14, 2008
Council made a good decision on pool Kudos to the Burbank City Council for its recent decision to extend our inadequately short swimming season by an extra two months. McCambridge Park Pool will now be open for lap swimming during the evenings and on weekends, and family as well as recreational swimming will also be available on weekends to the end of October. This is a small step in the right direction. At the June 24 council meeting, council members will discuss its priority goals, which will include the development of a year-round aquatics program, as well as the design and funding options for new aquatic facilities to replace our aging McCambridge and Verdugo pools.
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