Brook and Robin Lopez — twins, Fresno natives and professional basketball players — have together donated $25,000 to help save Storyland.
The Lopez brothers donations brings the effort to save Fresno’s Storyland/Playland children’s attractions closer to an $850,000 goal. Nearly $500,000 has already been raised, making it possible to reopen Storyland earlier this month since its closure in March.
The Lopez brothers graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, going on to play college basketball at Stanford. The pair was drafted by the NBA in 2008. Robin Lopez currently plays for the New York Knicks and Brook Lopez for the Brooklyn Nets.
“Storyland was a great part of us growing up in Fresno and I am so glad we are able to help bring it back to life,” said Robin Lopez in a statement.
Storyland has been renovated, and is currently in the process of being made compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Playland is scheduled to reopen in spring 2016.
“We are extremely thankful to the Lopez brothers for their generous donation,” said Bruce Batti, board member for Storyland/Playland, in a statement. “Storyland/Playland is an affordable and magical place for kids and families in our community. The fondness and memories the Lopez brothers share for the parks are similar to countless others who grew-up enjoying Storyland/Playland for the past 60 years.”