An anonymous donor has stepped forward and offered Menlo Park $8 million to help build a new Burgess Gym.
The offer is contingent on the donor remaining a secret until the new gym is built. The donor would have an "active role" in managing construction, including selecting the construction contractor, said senior engineer Larry Johmann in a city staff report.
"The donor has a successful history of philanthropic endeavors in the region," Mr. Johmann said.
The City Council will discuss the anonymous offer and plans for the new gym at a study session on Tuesday, April 29. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, between Laurel and Alma streets.
The anonymous donation would go toward construction of a gym of at least 21,000 square feet for basketball, volleyball and other sports participants, Mr. Johmann said in the report. The new gym would be built between the city's existing Burgess Recreation Center and Alma Street.
The gym would cost about $14.2 million to design and build, but the donor said the city would pay just $6.2 million, and the donor would cover the rest -- an estimated savings to the city of $8 million.
As part of the proposal, the city would renovate the existing gym, which is adjacent to the Burgess Aquatics Center on Laurel Street, into a 17,400-square-foot gymnastics facility.
The gymnastics facility would cost about $11.5 million to build, and the costs would be entirely covered by the city, Mr. Johmann said.
The city has approximately $15.8 million available to design and build the new facilities -- $9.1 from the next wave of Measure T bond funding, and $6.7 million in recreation-in-lieu fees collected from developers, Mr. Johmann said in the report.
Look for more information in the print edition of The Almanac.