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Seniors Show They Can Still Rock Out at Verdugo Pool

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

There is only one city where you can do the twist with the vice mayor and have him serenade you too. It’s Burbank!

Burbank Councilman Bob Frutos still has his groove (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Councilman Bob Frutos still has his groove (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

More than 200 senior adults came out late Thursday afternoon for the Rock-a-Hula free swim party at the Verdugo Aquatic Facility. Backed by Joe Finkle and the 7/10 Splits band, Vice Mayor Bob Frutos lip-synced to an Elvis song and then twirled Tuttle volunteer Priscilla Perez on the dance floor.

“It was great!” Perez said of getting the chance to dance with Frutos. “I go to the City Council meetings often. I told the vice mayor he did a good job planning this event.”

Frutos, shaking maracas, was dressed in a Hawaiian-print shirt and his smile reached from ear to ear.

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“This is about community. This is about re-enforcing the City Council’s commitment to look out after our seniors,” Frutos said. “This is part of my commitment to improve the quality of life for our seniors. That is very dear to me and I appreciate that I got the council’s support to make this happen today.”

Park and Recreation staff greeted guests at the gate with colorful leis. Gayle Migden, recreation supervisor for Joslyn Adult Center, gave the official island welcome — kissing both left and right cheeks of seniors. Dee Call, Retired Senior Volunteer Program director, handed out delicious hotdogs while volunteers helped partygoers choose mustard, catsup or relish and potato chips.

Some seniors tossed beach balls around in the shallow end of the 50 meter by 25 yard competition pool while others took the water zumba class.

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The swim party should be an annual event, said Bill Anderson, chairman of the Senior Board.

“This is a beautiful event. This is the first time I’ve seen this pool and the pool and the slide and the setting are just gorgeous and to see all these people here — it’s just marvelous and we’ve got a beautiful day,” Anderson said.

Pete McGrath, a member of the Senior Board, believes the city hasn’t had enough social events for seniors, so he liked the idea of having an event, but he wasn’t sure this was the best location, he said.

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

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“We’ll have to see how it works out as far as the sun, the pool and the location. I don’t think most seniors want to swim or want to be in a swim suit in public, so I’m not sure that a pool venue was really the right thing,” McGrath said. “But the idea of having a social event for seniors is fantastic!”

Guests like Pat Hunziker were happy with the entertainment.

“It’s just been a wonderful evening,” she said. “The band is great and gets everybody out there!”

Linette Prutz, 60, and Larry Radulski, 80, kept dancing throughout the event.

Ellen Mize, 81, a regular at Joslyn, thought the swim party was fantastic.

“There are a lot of different age groups,” she said.

Ron Coyne, 74, had only two words for the event.

“Incredible! Fantastic!” he said.

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

 

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)

Time to Get Into the Swim at Verdugo Pool

Several hundred took advantage of the wet water, some swam, some floated,some made big splashes, and some went home with sunburns.  All-in-all, it was a great day for everyone as Verdugo’s pool opened to the public.

(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)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Verdugo Pool to Open to Public on June 8

After a lengthy closure, the pool at the Verdugo Recreation Center will reopen on June 8, 2013.  The facility features a 50-meter pool which can be configured for lap swimming or recreational use.  One-meter and three-meter diving boards are available for use during recreational swim times.

The Verdugo Park Pool will open on June 8. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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

As part of the construction, an activity pool was added to the aquatics center.  The new area offers various water features and climbing surfaces for younger children and two water slides for older children and adults.  Other renovations to the pool area, which has been closed since 2008, include the pool deck surface, locker rooms and lifeguard offices.  New concession and mechanical facilities were also constructed.

Admission fees for recreational swim at the Verdugo Aquatic Facility range from $2.00 for resident children to $4.00 for adults.  A separate fee of $2.00 is required to gain access to the activity pool area.

The complete list of fees, and a full schedule of hours for lap swim and recreational swim are available on the City of Burbank’s website, http://www.BurbankCA.gov.

The Verdugo Aquatics Facility was originally constructed in 1948.  During the 1984 Summer Olympics, the pool was used as a training facility for Olympic athletes.

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)

City’s Water Bill May Run a Little High This Month as Verdugo Pool is Filled

The Verdugo Park Aquatic Facility is nearing completion.

Luke Lewallen of California Commercial Pools watches as water starts filling the 50 miter pool, that was plastered on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Luke Lewallen of California Commercial Pools watches as water starts filling the 50 meter pool, that was plastered on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

On Wednesday, the plaster was applied and while drying crews from California Commercial Pools started filling the 50 meter pool.  The filling process will take several days, as other work on the decks are completed along with landscape around the perimeter.

 

 

 

Water Slide in place, plaster drying, and the pool is in the progress of getting filled Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Water Slide in place, plaster drying, and the pool is in the progress of getting filled Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A worker adds chemicals to the water as the pool gets filled on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A worker adds chemicals to the water as the pool gets filled on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Long time Burbank resident Peter Frith-Smith who lives across the street from the Verdugo Pool has watched the progress daily, finally glad to see water being added. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Long time Burbank resident Peter Frith-Smith who lives across the street from the Verdugo Pool has watched the progress daily, finally glad to see water being added. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)