Teen Swims 25 Miles Today for Local Charity

Photo courtesy Edie Markovich
Edie Markovich, pictured here during her aquatic trek around Coronado Island in October, is swimming 25 miles at the Verdugo Aquatic Facility today to raise donations for local food banks.

The first and last two hours of the swim are the hardest, according to Edie Markovich. Other than those, there are another eight hours of near-constant movement. “Low-key,” she calls it.
The “low-key” event, “Outswimming Hunger,” features the 15-year-old college student swimming 25 miles at the Verdugo Aquatic Facility today, from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In the first charity-related swim event she’s held, Markovich is asking people to bring non-perishable, packaged food to the pool deck; donations will later be sent to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center.
She’s also accepting monetary donations online, which will be relayed to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Some donors will also swim in a lane near Edie as she makes her laps.
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Parks and Rec Department Announces Fall Updates

With residents’ choices for exercise and recreation limited by COVID-19 health orders, the Burbank Department of Parks and Recreation recently gave updates on its outdoor sites and facilities to inform citizens about their options.
Outdoor Fitness Permits
In support of fitness facilities that have been ordered to close for indoor operations, but allowed to operate outdoors, the department is issuing permits for use of its ballfields for outdoor fitness classes. This program enables fitness facilities outdoor space to continue activities as allowed by Los Angeles County health orders, in a controlled and safe environment.
Permittees are required to submit an application and certificate of insurance, and pay a reasonable and affordable fee to conduct their activity. Groups are also required to adhere to the county health orders. The parks department will monitor permit groups regarding compliance with the orders and enforce all non-permitted park user groups that are currently violating the Burbank Municipal Code by conducting commercial activity on city property. For information, call (818) 238-5300 or email parksandrecreation@burbankca.gov.

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Council Crafts Outdoor Facilities Reopening Amid Social Distancing

The Burbank City Council confirmed the extension of social distancing rules to match those of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and reviewed possible reopening dates for outdoor areas during its virtual meeting on Tuesday.
The confirmation of the social distancing order, first issued by City Manager Justin Hess on April 23, will mirror L.A. County’s extension of its “Safer at Home” order to the same day, which also keeps Burbank eligible for potential state and federal reimbursement and aid for costs brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
After Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state’s transition into Stage 2 of reopening procedures on May 4, L.A. County and Burbank began allowing certain retail businesses to reopen for curbside pickup. In a staff report on Tuesday, Fire Chief Eric Garcia emphasized that though Burbank is working on its own set of initiatives to further reopen, the city will not go beyond the county’s guidelines.
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