October 28, 2009
WEST BURBANK — The fate of Foy Park Roller Hockey Rink has taken a 180-degree turn since city officials this spring decided to close the hockey program and repurpose the facility to help close a yawning city budget gap. The plan angered players and their parents, prompting the City Council to pledge $30,000 to keep the program running for 90 days while officials explored bringing in an outside operator. “Roller hockey in Burbank was days away from going away,” said Jonathan Bernath, an avid pick-up player.
May 30, 2009
Will and Shane Sweet were rink rats before there was a rink. Throughout the ’90s, the brothers joined dozens of roller hockey enthusiasts who swarmed paved surfaces across Burbank, leading a group of parents to demand that the city provide a safe and legal facility for children to play the burgeoning sport. “We lived it,” said Shane Sweet, 23, who remembers competing in a makeshift rink at the YMCA parking lot. “People were always looking for a place to play.
August 4, 2004
Local martial artist Daniel Lim has brought a national championship to Burbank. Lim, 16, captured the title in taekwondo July 6 at the 24th annual U.S. Junior Olympics in Atlanta. Lim -- who lives and trains in Burbank -- bested competitors from across the country to win the gold medal in the 121-130 pound weight division. When he turns 18, Lim hopes to try to make the U.S. National Team. A third-degree black belt in the sport, it's easy to see why Lim has been successful in martial arts.
May 1, 2004
Roller hockey open draft workout slated The Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Dept. recently took over the Burbank Roller Hockey Rink at 3211 W. Victory Blvd. Along with the current adult roller hockey league, the facility will hold an open draft workout for its youth league from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the venue. The workouts both days are open to players in the community 5 to 17. Signups are also being held at the Olive Recreation Center at 1111 W Olive Ave. All players must be ready to participate in a skills assessment.