Palo Alto billionaire and frequent Stanford University donor John Arrillaga is offering Menlo Park some $8 million or more to build a new Burgess Gym at the city's Civic Center, the City of Menlo Park disclosed Monday.
Arrillaga has overseen the renovation of Stanford Stadium and Maples Pavilion and funded the construction of multiple school facilities, including the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, which houses the school's athletics department and coaching offices. In May 2006, he gave the university a $100 million gift.
Arrillaga, a basketball player at Stanford in the 1950s, has been active, as a player and a coach, in the city's Burgess Gym basketball programs for 30 years, and he wants to "give back to the community," City Manager Glen Rojas said.
City Council members and city staff have kept Arrillaga's identity a secret from the public for more than two months, at his request.