Subject: Burbank Swimming
Dear Council Member -
As you may know, I've been an ardent advocate for opening at least one Burbank pool on a year round basis, with an aquatics program to include lap swimming and other adult services. This is consistent with 10 year and "Top 5" goals of the City Council.
Last year, all lap swimmers were very
pleased with the City Council appropriation of $50,000 to implement this
program. Unfortunately this "trial" was cut short when water
leakage was discovered at McCambridge pool. Swimmers were given some
hope in early September that an agreement between the City and School District
would open up a high school pool to continue this program.
Since September, I've been driving 12 - 14 miles three or four times a week to a pool for lap swimming, waiting patiently for a Burbank pool to re-open, as the City Council directed last year.
Needless to say, I am VERY disappointed at this time to know that no pool will be open until June 15, the season is scheduled to end August 15 and the City Council "year round swimming" decision is being re-debated. Further, according to City Manager Michael Flad, this previous decision is, in some manner, linked to discussions on replacing one or both swimming pools.
I attended two community meetings last September on aquatics programs. My impression from all the comments - there were less than 50 people at both meetings - was that a full season of swimming/aquatics programs is the highest priority and some physical improvements to both pools are also desirable. There was little support for a grand aquatics facility, which I've heard touted. To the best of my knowledge, there was never a report on these meetings made available to the participants or the public.
Opening a Burbank pool for a 365 day schedule is NOT linked, in my opinion, to repairs or replacements of any Burbank pool and these should be treated as separate issues. Rather, I think it is extremely important that the City employees responsible for implementing your City Council goal take a new direction for all facets of pool management. For example:
I would be very pleased to talk with you directly or by phone on these matters. I would MUCH rather be swimming, watching basketball, or nearly anything else than speaking at more Council meetings, but it seems there is no alternative.
Thanks for your consideration and the leadership of the City Council on this issue!