Leadership Burbank’s Class of 2014 has begun construction on “Joslyn Oasis,” a new, outdoor recreation and garden area adjacent to the Joslyn Adult Center. When completed, the center’s participants will have a beautiful, safe area to enjoy many activities and programs in the fresh air and open space.
“When I proposed this idea to our class, I saw it as a way to honor not only our own mothers and fathers, but all the moms and dads of this great community,” says Jeff Carlon, project manager and Class of 2014 member.
Each year, the current Leadership Burbank class selects a project whose positive impact will be felt long after the class has graduated.
“Past projects have always strived to further our mission of fostering an even better Burbank,” says Lee Wochner, President of the Leadership Burbank Board of Directors. “This year’s project is an excellent example, as the class focuses on improving the health and well-being of our community’s active adults, ages 55 and over.”
The construction of Joslyn Oasis involves the repair and redesign of a disused shuffleboard court. When completed, the recreation and garden area will:
- Provide an ideal spot for socializing, exercise, and meditation – all of which are proven to help stimulate both physical and mental health.
- Allow the Joslyn Adult Center to offer more variety in its programming for the hundreds of participants who visit each day.
- Help enrich the esthetic appeal along Olive Avenue, one of Burbank’s most traveled roadways.
The project is a unique partnership between the private and public sectors, including the City of Burbank Park, Recreation, and Community Services Department and various supporters within the local business community.
“The City truly values the opportunities this collaboration will provide our community,” says Judie Wilke, Park, Recreation, and Community Services Director. “The Class of 2014’s vision and hard work will transform an unused space that would not have been possible without their involvement. We are grateful to leverage City and community dollars to make this a beautiful oasis for our program participants and the entire Burbank community.”
Construction on Joslyn Oasis is expected to be completed by May 3, 2014.