OLIVE PARK — When individuals with years of association with the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department get together, it’s not just a meeting of friends.
Instead, men and women who have devoted a large portion of their lives to the organization are more like family. And when they see one another, it’s like a giant reunion.
Many have known one another for years — some for decades.
Members of the park and recreation family came together Saturday for the annual Burbank Athletics Walk of Fame induction ceremony at Olive Park.
Inducted into the eighth annual class were Jim Barnfather, Vi Lasky and Al Peppi.
The Walk of Fame was established to acknowledge the contributions of athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff members who have shown dedication and commitment to the department.
In recognizing the value of sports and athletic activities within the community, the tribute highlights individuals who, in their roles as participants, volunteers or professional staff, have furthered the excellence of the local organized sports programs.
Inductees are permanently honored with their names chiseled on individual bricks that adorn a walkway behind Diamond No. 2 — Bill Burton Field — at Olive Park. Complete with inscriptions, the walk has room for hundreds of future honorees.
The department plans to honor a group of Walk of Fame inductees every October.