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.
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.
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”.
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.