The new $12-million, 22,500-square foot Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center is a “wow.” There’s really no way to describe it, given the design of the building itself coupled with the range of gymnastic offerings. Both were on display at the official opening Friday evening.
It’s the latest jewel in enhanced recreational facilities made possible gifts from real estate developer John Arrillaga, who once played basketball in the old Burgess Gym
The message from those making remarks was consistent — references to the new Center as the “premier gymanstic facility in the nation” and gratitude to the man who made it possible with the usual attention to detail that he’s noted for. The interior is incredibly light with high windows that provide views to the outside. Energy efficiencies are reported to be 30% above the norm for such buildings.
The Center’s mission is to encourage development, growth and competence in children, the main population it will serve. There is every kind of gymnastic equipment with thickly padded floors underneath. The Center will also expand the options for exercise classes offered to adult residents, including a dedicated spinning room.
The Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center is located at 501 Laurel St., adjacent the Burgess Pool. For class information, contact the city of Menlo Park’s Community Services Department at (650) 330‐2224.