Menlo Park's new gym opens today


The community gets its first tour of the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium on Saturday, Oct. 16, when the city hosts a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. After the ribbon-cutting, visitors can walk around the gym, watch sports demonstrations, and play games.

Developer and basketball fan John Arrillaga donated most of the $11.5 million construction cost of the gym, with the city contributing $5.62 million.

Built at 600 Alma St., the single-story, 24,100-square foot gym hosts two full-sized basketball courts and four smaller versions; three volleyball courts; and last, but not least, four badminton courts.

Lockers, showers, and restrooms round out the amenities. Those who would rather watch than play can head for the bleachers, which can seat 664 people. The gym itself can hold up to 1,700 people.

The city asks that anyone attending the grand opening wear tennis shoes to avoid damaging the floor. Entrance is free, and the first 100 visitors will receive water bottles. For more information, call 330-2200.

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Posted by swish
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Uh oh- paid for with city money AND a partnership with a developer? Sounds like the kind of thing Chuck Bernstein would have voted against! Fortunately, the rest of us can enjoy it.

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Posted by Corinna
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Thank you to the Arrillga family, for a wonderful facility that will be enjoyed by hundreds of children and their families. Please know you are appreciated. Thank you too for everything you have done for Menlo School, Stanford, Castilleja and the list goes on. Your generosity touches many lives.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Oct 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I toured the gym today. Its very nice -- lots of light, great playing floor, and lots of room for multiple activities. I appreciate the effort that the community put into getting this done over the many years. We now have a great facility for the community to use.

Looking forward to playing some hoops.

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