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Get Out Of Town!: Zuma Beach

With temps expected in the 100s all this week and the Labor Day holiday weekend upon us, Zuma Beach provides relief from the heat, an opportunity for exercise, fresh air and fun. Perhaps the most accessible beach from the San Fernando Valley, Zuma has long been known as a popular surfing, sunning and swimming spot.

Consistently recorded year after year as one of the cleanest water beaches in Los Angeles County, Zuma Beach is known for long barrels of waves crashing along the nearly two-mile stretch of sand. Rip currents occur daily, so be sure to pay attention to the lifeguards on shore. They know the water and warn people away from rip currents and areas with strong undertow.

Zuma Beach

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

With all the wave action and miles of soft sand, Zuma Beach is a favorite beach for many Southern Californians. On popular holiday weekends and super hot days, it’s not unheard of for more than 100,000 people to visit Zuma per day.

Visitors often see pods of dolphins playing in the waves, riding them and even doing jumps out of the water.

Zuma Beach

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The lifeguard stations are manned during daylight hours and lifeguard boats and helicopters patrol up and down the coast as well.

Parking is available in paid lots close to the sand and for free on a first-come first-served basis along Pacific Coast Highway. Bathrooms, showers and food stands are placed every so often along the 1.8 mile long beach.

Zuma Beach

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Zuma Beach is host to several surfing competitions every year, along with other sporting events. The quintessential California beach, Zuma is a great way to Get Out Of Town!

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Zuma Beach

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

 

Verdugo Park Pool Receives Its Official Opening

First dedicated in 1948, Verdugo Park’s Pool went about as far as it could go and after over 60 years, it was time to take action to modernize the site.

Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy adddresses staff, city officials and residents at the dedication  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Saturday’s dedication drew about 20 residents as they celebrated the official ceremony, complete with a free catered meal and also a free day of swimming for anyone who wanted to jump in.  It was a way of saying to the residents who had put up with the noise and dirt of construction the past several years, thank you.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

City officials cut the ribbon to officially open the new pool area (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Public Works Department oversaw the reconstruction the facility which includes a 50 meter pool, an activity pool, locker rooms and a concession stand.  Since the pools unofficial opening in June, there have already been 25,000 to pass through its doors which averages about 385 swimmers a day according to Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy.

“We also have about 6o lap swimmers and so far in the first two months of operation, the facility has brought in $107,000 in revenue, which will justify the cost of keeping the pool open year round”.

The water activities is a crowd pleaser  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Some of the activities that will be seen in future months to come will be scuba classes.  There are plan for a youth and masters team to both also be run out of Verdugo besides the 2,600 local youth who will be given swimming lessons each year.

Currently, the pool works on two different schedules each day.  The morning session costs $4 a day for entry and the afternoon $7 with the pool emptied between the two.  There is a limit of 141 swimmers allowed in at any one time and that number is ofter filled.

According to one of the lifeguards, when the temperatures go up, so does the demand with at least eight guards on duties during peak hours and that number will increase as the temperature does.

 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)