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 the natural next step to respond to the urgent need for innovative and inclusive parks. We are our ready to share the seven years of research, fundraising, development, design, and construction strategies and build Magical Bridge Playgrounds for communities across the nation.

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 (press, digital media and communications guru). You won’t find three more “magical girls” who are thrilled to work together again, and create the Palo Alto playground joy for everyone.

Our mission is to ignite and support a global movement that advocates for and achieves the new foundation for truly inclusive and innovative playgrounds.

No, as a new social impact foundation, we secured seed money from some of the playground’s original generous donors.

Beginning March 2016, we are identifying three Bay Area locations to build and fund a Magical Bridge Playground. Once these locations are underway, we will better understand what it takes to effectively proliferate the innovative and inclusive experience of Magical Bridge Playgrounds and expand our reach. If you have a special community in mind that would especially appreciate a Magical Bridge Playground, please let us know!

Our current criteria (2016) when selecting a location is:

  • Location within 100 miles radius of Palo Alto
  • Strong relationship and support from City staff and elected officials
  • Agreement from City to expedite development and approval process of the playground
  • Location(s) identified and approved for playground development
  • Assistance in identifying high net worth donors in the community
  • Agreement from City to allow for donor naming rights at the playground
  • Commitment from City to maintain and provide ongoing support of the playground

We also require an active community group to spearhead local efforts to engage the community surrounding the location. This group will work side by side with Magical Bridge Foundation to secure community donations, and encourage sponsorship and support through special events and outreach campaigns.

We look forward to meeting communities eager to bring the “magic” of Magical Bridge Playground to as many areas as possible.

Yes, we are thrilled to be part of a social impact collaborative team called CoLaunchpad in the lovely offices of UnaMesa. Our address is 654 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!

Yes, we have filed papers with the government and are waiting to receive our tax ID number. In the meantime, we are able to take donations thanks to the wonderful fiscal sponsorship that UnaMesa provides. If interested, please email olenka@magicalbridge.org.

Of course, although we have a terrific group of volunteers who are partnered with the wonderful City of Palo Alto park maintenance team. 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!