Tag Archives: Burbank Park & Recreation

Johnny Carson Park Finishes It’s Makeover

This week the construction fences came down around Johnny Carson park the 17.6 acre park that has been under construction for what felt like a lifetime but actually a little over a year.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The park located on Bob Hope Drive across the street from the former KNBC Studios and named after the Late Night Talk Show host Johnny Carson.

The park has totally been reworked with new walking paths, new play ground equipment, new stage, picnic areas, bridges crossing the creek, new grass and even new recycled watering systems.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The walking path around the park is illuminated with new LED lighting that lights the path throughout the night even though the park is only open till dawn to dusk.

The official opening for the park is slated for July 21st at 5Pm and the public is welcomed. Currently the park is open and there are signs saying that till the grass is fully grown the sprinklers that use recycled water might come on during the day and at anytime till grass is well grown.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Here is a photo gallery of the additional changes that have taken place:

Burbank Park & Recreation Announces Youth Camps

Burbank’s Park & Recreation Department will be holding camps for different sports in the upcoming month as well as a free flag football clinic. The camps include:

  • MVP Basketball Camp- June 27-30 at Luther Middle School from 6:00-8:30p.m. for $65 (Grades 5-8)
  • Baseball/Softball Camp- July 5-8 at McCambridge #2 from 6:00-8:00p.m. for $65 (Grades K-4)
  • Track and Field Camp- July 11-15 (No Camp on Wednesday) at Burbank High School from 6:30-8:30p.m. for $65 (Ages 5-13)
  • Challenger Soccer Camps- July 11-15 at Brace Canyon Park from 9:00-10:00a.m. for $89 (Ages 3-4)
  • Challenger Soccer Camps- July 11-15 at Brace Canyon Park from 10:30-12:00p.m. for $109 (Ages 4-5)
  • Challenger Soccer Camps- July 11-15 at Brace Canyon Park from 9:00-12:00p.m. for $163 (Ages 6-16)
  • Youth Basketball Camp- July 18-22 at Luther Middle School from 6:00-7:30p.m. for $65 (Grades 2-4)
  • Track and Field Camp- July 25-29 (No Camp on Wednesday) at Burbank High School from 6:30-8:30p.m. for $65 (Ages 5-13)
  • Challenger Soccer Camps- July 25-29 at Brace Canyon Park from 9:00-10:00a.m. for $89 (Ages 3-4)
  • Challenger Soccer Camps- July 25-29 at Brace Canyon Park from 10:30-12:00p.m. for $109 (Ages 4-5)
  • Challenger Soccer Camps- July 25-29 at Brace Canyon Park from 9:00-12:00p.m. for $163 (Ages 6-16)
  • Flag Football Camp- August 1-5 at Ralph Foy Park from 6:00-8:00p.m. for $65 (Grades 2-8)
  • LAVA Volleyball Camp- August 1-5 at McCambridge Rec Center from 5:15-6:45p.m. for $65 (Grades 2-4)
  • LAVA Volleyball Camp- August 1-5 at McCambridge Rec Center from 7:00-8:30p.m. for $65 (Grades 5-8)
  • LAVA Volleyball Camp- August 8-12 at McCambridge Rec Center from 5:15-6:45p.m. for $65 (Grades 2-4)
  • LAVA Volleyball Camp- August 8-12 at McCambridge Rec Center from 7:00-8:30p.m. for $65 (Grades 5-8)

Register at the sports office or on-line at www.burbankparks.com

Call (818) 238-5330 for more information.

freeclinic_flyerThey also have a FREE flag football Clinic coming up on Saturday, July 16th from 9:00-12:00p.m. at Burbank High School Football Field.

Civitan Day Puts Youth Baseball Players to the Test

Burbank Park & Recreation once again hosted their annual Civitan Day at Olive Park this past Saturday. Here is a list of all the winners that was supplied by the Sports Office, along with a couple of pictures from the days events.

(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 )

2006 CIVITAN DAY EVENTS- WINNER LIST 2006 CIVITAN DAY EVENTS- WINNER LIST

 

McCambridge Pool Ready to Open – Verdugo’s Still in Limbo

The Verdugo Park Aquatic Center which is almost ready to use, but just not yet.

Amanda Okafor with the City of Burbank's  PIO office captures a couple of 'Kodak' moments preparing for the opening of the new slides at the Verdugo Park pool.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Amanda Okafor with the City of Burbank’s PIO office captures a couple of ‘Kodak’ moments preparing for the opening of the new slides at the Verdugo Park pool.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The City is waiting for some inspections from Los Angeles County  as this is a public pool and must meet County & State requirements. Construction is considered complete, and water testing is also completed.

According to Burbank Parks Recreation and Community Services Deputy Director Marissa Garcia, they hope to have the pool open shortly near June 1st for a soft opening, and once in operation they plan on an ‘Official Ribbon Cutting and Ceremonies’ sometime in June.

Garcia did note that The McCambridge Park Pool will open this, Saturday May 25th, as planned.

Richard Nigra tests out one of the new slides at The Verdugo Park Aquatic Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Richard Nigra tests out one of the new slides at The Verdugo Park Aquatic Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Richard Nigra tests out one of the new slides at The Verdugo Park Aquatic Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Richard Nigra tests out one of the new slides at The Verdugo Park Aquatic Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Luke Lewallen of California Commercial Pools makes underwater repairs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Luke Lewallen of California Commercial Pools makes underwater repairs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Diving Board and starting blocks in place, additional installations being completed for opening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Diving Board and starting blocks in place, additional installations being completed for opening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Verdugo Park Pool an Olympic Size pool almost ready for use. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Verdugo Park Pool an Olympic Size pool almost ready for use. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tree City USA Brings Its Road Show to Foy Park With Tree Planting Ceremony

Burbank was named 'Tree City USA' for the 35th year in a row, only 2 cities in California hold that title. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Celebrated Arbor Day on Wednesday at Ralph Foy Park on Victory Blvd, with the help of kids from Providencia Elementary School and Burbank’s Mayor, Jess Talamantes along with Deputy Forester Jose Martinez from LA County Fire Departments.

Burbank was presented with a ‘Tree City USA’ flag in which The City of Burbank has received for 35 years in a row, one of only 2 cities in the State of California.

Plant-a-Tree program Keeping Burbank a Greener Place to live for 57 Years

Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes is joined by Robert Vincent Civic Pride Committee Chairman and others during this years 57th Plant A Tree Ceremonies at Brace Park. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Civic Pride Committee marked the 57th celebration of the Plant-a-Tree project in Burbank with the annual Donor Awards Ceremony Thursday at Brace Canyon Park.

Community members who had made donations in honor of relatives and friends or in memory of those who had passed away received certificates in appreciation for their contributions. Donations are collected each March, which is Arbor Month.

In addition, Burbank has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 35th consecutive year, officials said. Burbank and the city of San Francisco are the only two cities in the state to have been recognized since the program’s inception.

Robert Vincent, chairman of the Civic Pride Committee, welcomed Mayor Jess Talamantes and more than 25 guests, Park, Recreation and Community Services and Forestry Services employees.

Forestry Crew members Felipe Orozco and Ken Scarone put the finishing touches on the planting at Brace Park. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Talamantes gave a brief history of the program, which was started by the Women’s Council of Burbank who continued the program for 40 years. Civic Pride took the baton in 1996 and has continued the program for 17 years.

“This is a great way to bring people together in memory of our loved ones who have passed away,” he said. “I want to thank the Civic Pride Committee. We appreciate them doing this project and other things for the community.”

Funds donated to the Civic Pride program will go to finance the purchase and planting of trees in Brace Canyon Park, said Janice Bartolo, deputy director of the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department.

The reforestation at Brace is necessary due to the loss of trees that have reached their life expectancy, she said.

Gino Gaudio sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and a medley from “The Sound of Music,” which was a moving accompaniment for the hillside setting.