Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I swim when the City of Burbank pools are closed?

Here are other area pools:

Pool Location Lap Swim Hours Comments
Van Nuys/ Sherman Oaks Pool Tyrone-Huston Aves. (9.3 miles)

 Tuesday to Friday: 6:00 am - 10:00 am, 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Good facility. Fee is $2.50 or $2.00 with Los Angeles library card. Seniors $1.00.

See periodic reports from Carol Henry.

Glassell Park Pool 3704 Verdugo Rd. (Los Angeles, 7.2 miles)

 Tuesday to Friday: 6:00 am - 8:00 am, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Good, uncrowded facility. Neighborhood often "in the news". Same fee as Van Nuys, above. Seniors $1.00.
Los Angeles Valley College 5800 Fulton Avenue, (7.3 miles) Pool is on Ethel Ave, just a block north of Burbank Blvd. 2014 - Open!

Monday to Friday 6:30-9:30 PM* ($5/semester parking pass fee on weekdays/nights); 
Sat-Sun 10 AM-1 PM. May be closed for school holidays.

Excellent facility. Very nice locker rooms. Two pools, smaller is a few degrees warmer. Jacuzzi. Community access started September 2008. Must buy a multiuse card.

Pacific Community Pool (Glendale)

509 South Pacific Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204
Nearest Cross Street: Riverdale Avenue, just off San Fernando Road (4.2 miles)

 Monday to Thursday: 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

See Brochure for details

Nice pool for lap swimming!  Fee in 2014 is $2!
AAF Rose Bowl Aquatic Center Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 11.4 miles Monday-Friday: 5:30 am 9:00 pm        
Saturday: 6:00 am 5:00 pm                
Sunday: 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Premier facility! $10 for single entry. $7.50/senior;  $55/month; $42/seniors
Echo Park Pool 1419 Colton St., Los Angeles, CA 90026 (9 miles south of Burbank, down the 5 to the Glendale Freeway, then off at Glendale Ave, and continue just 2 blocks past Temple)

Tuesday to Friday: 6:00 am - 7:30 am, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

 

Los Angeles City indoor pool.  Fairly new, very nice. Water temp is 84 degrees. Seniors free.
East Valley YMCA 5142 Tujunga Ave North Hollywood, CA 9160 (4.6 miles)
Glendale YMCA Very limited parking
Burbank YMCA Magnolia and Third St. (.3 mile) Very limited parking
San Fernando Regional Pool Facility 208 Park Ave, San Fernando (13 miles)

 

LAP SWIM:
M-F 6-7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 5-7 p.m

Rec Swim: M,W-F 3 p.m to 4 p.m. Tuesdays 2 to 4 p.m. S-Sun 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Deluxe facility, low entry fees.

Distances are from downtown Burbank.

Alternative Pools

Because all Burbank pools were closed in September 2008, where did anyone swim?  There's a report below on Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks pool, a great facility.

In February 2009, the Los Angeles Valley College pool re-opened to community use.  It may be the best within 15 miles of Burbank! 

Main pool - actually two pools, with a movable wall

Smaller warm-up pool

The pool is on Ethel Avenue, between Burbank Blvd. and Oxnard Street.  Visit  http://lavalley.augusoft.net/ for more information.

Report from Carol in 2009:

"In case you missed the latest signs at Van Nuys-Sherman Oak pool, it will be open on Memorial Day (Mon. 5/25) from 1-5 PM only.  It will be closed for pre-summer maintenance from Tues. 5/26-Thurs. 5/28. 

New Adult Lap Swim summer hours at LA Valley College Pool (6/1 through the middle or end of August):

M-F 6:30-9:30 PM* ($5/semester parking pass fee on weekdays/nights); 
Sat-Sun 10 AM-1PM

Call the LAVC Community Service Office at 818-947-2577 ext. 4172 to buy swimming or parking passes (open Monday-Thursday from 8 am to 5:30 pm and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.).  1 pass=10 swims for $35; 2 passes=20 swims for $65; 3 passes=30 swims for $60.

LAVC is on Ethel street, just north of Burbank Blvd."

When will the Burbank pools open this summer, 2009?

The Aquatics Brochure states June 15.

When did the Burbank pools open in the 2008 summer?

According to the 2008 Aquatics Brochure, McCambridge pool would open June 7 for learn-to-swim and other recreational programs. Verdugo Pool will open June 16.  Lap swimming will only be available at Verdugo pool.

Why should Burbank have a pool open year round?

Here are some points presented to the Burbank City Council on January 8, 2008:

"Year Round Swimming in Burbank"

"Summary: The Burbank City Council should direct the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department to open McCambridge Park year round, with daily hours at least from noon until 7 pm, expanded when school in not in session.

Rationale and future action:

1. Burbank has very good swimming pool facilities at Verdugo and McCambridge parks, built by leaders long ago with foresight. The City Council should wisely maximize the availability of these pools to meet community needs.

2. Opening any Southern California swimming pool year around should be the standard and only restricted by budget considerations in extreme circumstances.

3. The installation of solar heating at McCambridge Pool in 2002 was partly done to facilitate year round pool availability.

4. The January 8 report to the City Council by Park, Recreation and Community Services Department focuses on lap swimmers.  Lap swimmers are only one group of users.  Senior exercise classes, open recreational swimming, age-group swimming, water polo, SCUBA instruction should also be considered as users of a year round facility.

5. All potential pool users should be consulted - lap swimmers, age-group swimmer parents, senior water exercise users, Disney and Warner triathlon teams, etc.

6. The Burbank decision-makers should visit other outside pool facilities to see how they operate and what they offer - the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center and the Van Nuys Park pool are comparable examples.  (The Burbank YMCA indoor pool is not comparable and is marginal for adult lap swimming).

7. Consider that pool use - swimming, exercise, team sports etc. - has really changed in the last 20 years.  The community needs these exercise and recreation facilities even more now than when they were constructed, but I've observed very little change in the Burbank aquatic program since 1990.

8. Year round availability of McCambridge pool could serve the larger area. The pool could host masters', age group, water polo and other swim meets.  Events of this type typically bring hundreds of children and adults to Van Nuys pool and the Rose Bowl pool."

Why should we write to the Burbank mayor or City Council and not work through the Parks and Recreation Department?

It's the opinion of several Burbank adult swimmers that the Parks and Recreation Department is indifferent to the opinions or desires of adult swimmers.  This is based on more than 10 years of experience!

No person in this Department has apparently taken any initiative to contact swimmers or extend the hours or days of pool availability, rather they have only responded to requests (or directives) from the City Council.

The reports from this Department on year-round swimming are incomplete at best, possibly very misleading for Council members making decisions.

What happened to the Burbank Excel swimming program?

Unknown. There is contact information for this age-group (kids) swim club, last observed active in 2002, on ClubSwim.com, but there has been no response to emails and phone calls made in January 2008. 

Update, 2/3/08 - The club's last president, Velvet Philipps, called and confirmed the demise of this program when the McCambridge pool did not stay open.

Last Update July 5, 2012