News

New gym to be named after Arrillaga family

 

Palo Alto land developer John Arrillaga has lent his family's name to several athletic facilities on the Stanford campus. Now one in Menlo Park will bear the name, as well.

The new gymnasium Mr. Arrillaga is helping the city finance will be christened the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium when it opens in the fall, the result of a unanimous vote by the City Council at its meeting Tuesday, April 27.

The council waived a city policy stipulating that facilities can only be named after a deceased person, five or more years after the person's death. The policy states that facilities can only be named after people who have made "major, overriding contributions to the city."

There wasn't any disagreement among council members that Mr. Arrillaga has met that criterion. Having played and coached basketball for over 30 years at the Burgess Gymnasium, he stepped in after hearing that the city was short on funds and agreed to build the gym himself, with a $5.8 million contribution from the city. The city has estimated Mr. Arrillaga's share of the cost at $8 million or more.

"I would just like to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Arrillaga for his very generous contribution, and the amazing construction job," Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson said before the council vote.

The city has twice waived the policy in recent years: to name the Burgess Park Little League field in honor of Tom Harrrison in 2004, and to add the name of former city manager Mike Bedwell to Bayfront Park in 2008.

Construction is well under way on the gymnasium, located off Alma Street in the Civic Center complex, with the building scheduled to open in September. Visit the city's Web site for time-lapse photography of the construction.

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.

Comments

Like this comment
Posted by Grateful MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Apr 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Thanks Mr. Arrillaga! What a wonderful way to give back to the community. Your gifts are greatly appreciated!


Like this comment
Posted by shirley
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Nice!


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Be the first to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Peek inside the fine-dining Selby's, opening in Redwood City this summer
By Elena Kadvany | 6 comments | 4,250 views

Homestead Faire at Hidden Villa 4/27
By Laura Stec | 7 comments | 1,230 views

If you do nothing else, do These Three Things
By Sherry Listgarten | 10 comments | 1,120 views

Premarital and Couples: "You're Not Listening to Me!" may mean "I don't feel heard."
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,106 views

 

The Almanac Readers' Choice ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "The Almanac Readers' Choice" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 27th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 17th issue of The Almanac.

VOTE HERE