Burbank Adult/Lap Swimmers News
Parks and Rec has scheduled another meeting for adult/lap swimmers on November 4, McCambridge Pool.
What's this all about?Rumors circulated around Verdugo Pool during August and September that both Burbank pools - Verdugo and McCambridge - would not be open after September. Signs were posted by swimmers, encouraging letters to the Park & Rec officials, City Council, etc. asking to keep at least one pool open on a year-around basis.
As a result of these letters and phone calls, there was a meeting for the adult swimmers on September 24. Mr. Garth Nelson explained that the pools had only been open on a year-around basis for the past several years to accommodate the two high school swimming teams, while their pools were being refurbished. He said there was a plan to "permit" the adult/lap swimmers to use one of the high school pools when it re-opened. Although this indicated an attempt to provide a minimal service to swimmers, many at the meeting asked Mr. Nelson to consider the larger issue:
Why isn't one of the Burbank city pools always open on a year around basis?
Many other opinions were also expressed, including suggestions to develop a more complete swimming program through the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
After the meeting, I sent a letter, as below, to Mr. Garth Nelson, Mr. Michael Flad, (Director, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department) and Robert R. Ovrom (Burbank City Manager). Copy, change as you think right, and send it on!
Also, read the Burbank 10 Year Strategic Plan mentioned below, especially Section D, Item 18:
Send comments to me, Bob Schmitt, at:
Watch for more news at the TeamBurbank.com website, which should be online before the end of October!
Mr. Garth Nelson
Dear Mr. Nelson,
Thank you for meeting with the Burbank adult/lap swimmers at McCambridge Pool on September 24. As you probably learned at this meeting, there is a strong interest by many Burbank swimmers that one of the pools in Burbank will be open for reasonable swimming hours for all months, every year.
As I mentioned at this meeting, I’ve been swimming in the Burbank park pools – Verdugo and McCambridge - since 1990. During that time and to the best of my knowledge. there has been NO inquiry by any Burbank park manager to any adult swimmer about our (adult) swimming interests. However, in spite of this lack of managerial concern about the interests of adult/lap swimmers, there has been a steady increase in the numbers of pool users in this category. I am sure the pool records on monthly passes and daily fees will support this statement. Such pool use is now peaking, just before the weather turns colder and the hours of swimming diminish.
Since that meeting last week, my research into the City of Burbank policy led me to discover the "City of Burbank Strategic Plan, 2001-2010". I am quite surprised you did not mention this document and its goals to the swimmers at the meeting, as it states on page 37, item 18:
Clearly, if this had been mentioned to us at the meeting, there would be a stronger conclusion that our interests are in alignment with the Parks Department, rather than the current feeling that we are "fighting an uphill battle" or that we must otherwise justify our recreational needs. Rather, the goals of the adult swimmers seem to be in exact alignment with those of the Burbank City Council!
There were many good suggestions at this meeting on methods your office should be using to accomplish this goal of the Strategic Plan and you should consider the following:
In conclusion, Burbank has an excellent lifeguard staff and two very good and useful pool facilities that have been well-maintained which provide a very desirable service to Burbank residents. It is now timely to move from the "status quo" and use these facilities to BETTER meet the developing needs of Burbank residents and other swimmers.
Needless to say, I look forward to learning of your plans for Burbank’s pools.
Very truly yours,
Robert G. Schmitt
cc: Mr. Michael Flad, Director, Parks,
Recreation and Community Services Department