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Burbank Begins Renovation of City Parks

In with the new and out with the old! During out first full week of 2018, Earthwalk Park, which is located at 1922 Grismer Street, finished it’s long renovation process and opened its gates to a new playground for kids to enjoy. The park features all-new equipment, meaning none of the old playground stands as it was. While the continuous construction during the renovation process made driving around the area a hassle, the new park stands as a beacon of fun for kids in the area.

For those of you wondering, “What about my park?”, you will be happy to hear that Earthwalk Park was the first of many to be renovated throughout the city of Burbank. However, it is important to note that the renovation process takes time and the city is renovating the parks one at a time. Work on Earthwalk Park began weeks ago, but crews worked at a good pace.

Below are the next parks undergoing renovation:

The money to renovate these parks was approved in a budget before discussions of a budget deficit arose.

Elvis Enters The Pool At Rock A Hula

Burbank’s active seniors got to dance to the music of Elvis Presley while enjoying Rock-A-Hula at Verdugo Park Aquatic Facility Thursday evening in an event hosted by the Burbank Park and Recreation Department.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Councilman Bob Frutos helped Elvis on the guitar as seniors enjoyed free food, drinks, and dessert. 

The pool was open for free swimming for the seniors during the event as several took advantage of the relaxed atmosphere.  

Polynesian dancers danced to the Hula and several other Hawaiian numbers performed by the  Elvis impersonator and crew.

Verdugo Park Recreation Center to Close for Five Weeks

The Verdugo Aquatics Facility will close for five weeks while construction crews install a new roof on the 66-year old building.

The facility will shut its doors beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014 and remain closed until Monday, October 6, 2014, when the project is expected to conclude. During this time, the Verdugo Recreation Center and tennis court closest to the Center will also be closed.

The project will have a minor impact on some of the following programs and events that take place at Verdugo Park facilities:

  •  Verdugo Aquatic Facility Family Night, scheduled on September 27, will be cancelled.
  • Fall recreation classes will be moved to the Verdugo Lower Assembly Building, Log Cabin, and Olive Recreation Center.
  •  Verdugo aquatics programs will be moved to McCambridge Swimming Pool which will have its operations extended during the construction project.
  •  On-site registration will not be available at Verdugo Recreation Facility during these dates.
  •  Participants may still use the Verdugo Park parking lot and adjacent streets for parking.

For more information about the Verdugo Facility closure, please call the Verdugo Recreation Center at 818.238.5390 or the Verdugo Aquatics Facility at 818.238.5391.

Pig Pen Olympics Lets Kids be Kids

Verdugo Park’s summer camp put on a Pig Pen Olympics. Campers participated in a number of messy games and face painters were also on hand.  Chief Photographer Ross A. Benson was on hand to bring you some great pictures below….

Verdugo Park Pool to Start Coming Back to Life

Burbank City Engineer Sean Corrigan didn’t have a clue he was contending with the Stanley Cup Finals, and The LA Kings were playing in them.

Burbank City Engineer Sean Corrigan , along with Pat Thomas answers questions from residents during an informal meeting for neighbors. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Corrigan along with  Parks & Recreation Services Manager Pat Thomas, Parks Board Members Mickey DePalo,  Barry Gussow, and Garen V. Yegparian and City Councilwoman Emily Gabal Luddy, were present for the meeting. The half dozen residents who showed up were informed about what to expect during construction and given the facts about the new aquatic center that will be built.

The new aquatic center will have a new 50 meter pool to replace the old pool, a new bathhouse, activity pool,  mechanical building,  concessions stands, shade structures ,additional parking, amd plenty of site improvements.

He also promised that the construction will not take place before 7 a.m. on weekdays, and there will be no construction parking of workers or equipment on Rosemary Ln. or California St.  Work on the center should hopefully begin by the end of the month and be completed in April of 2013.

Grand Opening for the new pool and aquatic center is being planed for Memorial Day 2013.

When Corrigan finished his presentation The LA Kings had just scored their 4th goal, en-route to the Stanley Cup.


Verdugo Park Aquatic Facility Plans. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)