FAQs about Magical Bridge Foundation

As soon as the Palo Alto Magical Bridge playground opened to the public in April of 2015, we began receiving hundreds of requests from around the world asking for help in designing, creating and building a Magical Bridge in their own communities. When Silicon Valley’s premier legal team, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, offered their expertise to us pro-bono, we knew we had to move forward and address this demand. Magical Bridge Foundation is responding to the urgent need for innovative and inclusive playgrounds. We are pouring our seven years of research, fundraising, development, design, and construction strategies to proliferate and build Magical Bridge Playgrounds in the Bay Area and eventually around the country.

The foundation was created in January 2016. Each of the three founders were deeply involved in the creation and success of the Magical Bridge Playground: Olenka Villarreal (original founder), Kris Loew (marketing, graphics and visual expert) and Jill Asher (community relations, press, digital media and communications guru). You won’t find three more “magical visionaries and leaders” who are thrilled to work together again, and expand the joy of truly inclusive play for everyone in other communities.

The mission of the Magical Bridge Foundation is that every individual and family should have a place to play where they feel welcome and accepted.

We are currently identifying Bay Area locations to build and fund a Magical Bridge Playground. Magical Bridge Foundation has selected Redwood City, California as the second playground project, set to break ground in October 2017, and open to the public in the summer of 2018. The Foundation plans to announce 4-6 additional playground projects during the summer of 2017 in Santa Clara County (California).  In 2018, Magical Bridge Foundation will announce projects outside the Bay Area.

Yes, we are thrilled to be part of a social impact collaborative team called CoLaunchpad in the lovely offices of UnaMesa. Our address is 650 Gilman Street in downtown Palo Alto (near the Palo Alto Farmer’s market location by the post office). Our new space and all those who share it with us are nothing short of magical!

Magical Bridge Foundation’s non-profit ID number is EIN 81-2377796

Of course, although we have a terrific group of volunteers who are partnered with the wonderful City of Palo Alto Park and Recreation Department. We also help coordinate and fund concerts and other activities throughout the year. Please keep up with us on Facebook for the latest Palo Alto playground fun!

We are creating a pipeline of communities that are interested in bringing a Magical Bridge Playground to their area. Please complete the following form here: http://magicalbridge.org/build-a-playground/

We promise to keep in touch once we begin projects outside the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto opened to the public in April 2015, and is heralded as the nation’s most innovative-inclusive playground. Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City broke ground in November 2017, and is expected to open to the public in December 2018. Magical Bridge Playground in Sunnyvale was announced in July 2017 and is currently raising funds for the project, with an expected opening in 2019. Magical Bridge Playground in Morgan Hill was announced in August 2017 and is currently raising funds for the project, with an expected opening in 2019. The City of Mountain View signed a partnership agreement on January 4, 2018 and a new Magical Bridge playground is now being planned for the Rengstorff location. Several other Bay Area and national projects will be announced throughout the coming year.

Magical Bridge Foundation is thrilled to partner with foundations, companies and local businesses to support our playground projects. We can promise you that your contribution will bring true joy, happiness and inclusion to thousands of families each and every month. Kindly contact jill@magicalbridge.org to learn more about sponsorship of zones and playground projects.