Arrillaga to help fund Menlo rec center renovation

Council to vote next week on matching funds

The Burgess Recreation Center may soon get a facelift, thanks to developer John Arrillaga.

Menlo Park City Manager Glen Rojas confirmed on Wednesday that Mr. Arrillaga offered to assist the city with the renovation, although the cost is still being finalized. He said staff will ask the City Council to appropriate a matching amount of money at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

"We are extremely grateful to Mr. Arrillaga and his generosity toward the city, but more importantly the community of Menlo Park, who use the recreation center," Mr. Rojas said.

The recreation center currently contains several multi-purpose rooms for rental, and kitchen facilities.

The developer and philanthropist received a Golden Acorn Award this year for his contributions to the city's new gymnasium, which opened Oct. 16. He donated most of the $11.5 million construction cost of the gym, with the city contributing $5.62 million.

Also thanks to Mr. Arrillaga, the city is about to start building a new gymnastics center at the Civic Center on Laurel Street.

The new gym was re-named the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium in his honor; no word yet on whether the recreation center will also get a new name to go along with its new look.

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Posted by Mical Brenzel
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Menlo Park and its citizens are very fortunate to have someone as generous and civic-minded as Mr. Arrillaga. Thank you, sir!

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Posted by Sybille
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I totally agree w/ Mical Brenzel.

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Posted by Adam
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Nov 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Can we have three cheers for John Arrillaga?

Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!

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