Menlo Park’s new Arrillaga Family Gymnasium open for inspection – and celebration

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on October 16, 2010

opening of Arrillaga Family Gymnasium

The name of Menlo Park’s new gym took on added meaning this morning when the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium was opened to the public. Not only was real estate developer John Arrillaga (pictured left and above greeting well wishers), whose financial underwriting made the gym possible, in attendance but many of his family members were present as well, including grandsons Jake, Finn and Ben who did the official ribbon cutting.

In remarks Mayor Rich Cline reminded the gathered crowd of about 100 people that it’s John Arrillaga who holds the point record at the old Burgess Gym, adding, “Good luck trying to beat it.”

“Municipal gyms go back a long time,” said Cline. “They’re part of a communities culture – where you have your first dance or score the game winning shot. Today we have the opportunity to be proud of this facility and thank John Arrillaga and his family, who make it possible.”

All sports and recreation activities will move from Burgess to the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium on Monday, Oct. 25. Today visitors got a sneak peak of the state of the art facility that incorporates many eco-friendly features, and, as city manager Glen Rojas said in his remarks, a chance to “celebrate community and family.”

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