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Fresno’s NBA twins, Brook and Robin Lopez, donate $25,000 to Storyland/Playland

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez drives at his twin brother, Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez, in an April 2015 game. In the offseason, Robin joined the New York Knicks.
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez drives at his twin brother, Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez, in an April 2015 game. In the offseason, Robin joined the New York Knicks. Associated Press

Twin brothers and NBA players Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez of Fresno donated $25,000 to the rebuilding effort at Storyland/Playland, the family and child amusement park in Fresno’s Roeding Park that’s focused on literacy and education.

The Lopez brothers graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno before going on to play college basketball at Stanford and being picked in the 2008 NBA draft. Robin Lopez currently plays for the New York Knicks and Brook Lopez for the Brooklyn Nets.

“It’s important to preserve things like Storyland that give kids a chance to just be kids,” Brook Lopez says. “I am very excited to be part of Storyland’s rebirth.”

Robin Lopez adds, “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.”

The parks closed in March 2015 needing $850,000 worth of repairs. So far, nearly $500,000 has been raised. Storyland reopened this month and Playland is scheduled to reopen in spring 2016.

“We are extremely thankful to the Lopez brothers for their generous donation,” said Bruce Batti, a Storyland/Playland board member. “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.”

For more information or to donate, call 559-486-0516 or visit www.savestoryland.com.

Bridget Webster: 559-441-6304, @bridgetw05

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