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.

Magical Bridge Foundation brings to life innovative and truly inclusive playgrounds, designed to delight all ages and all abilities.

We are identifying Bay Area locations to build and fund a Magical Bridge Playground.

Our current criteria (2016-2017) when selecting a location is:

  • Location within 100 miles radius of Palo Alto, California
  • 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
  • Agreement from City to allow for donor naming rights at the playground
  • Commitment from City to maintain and provide ongoing support of the playground

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!

Magical Bridge Foundation’s non-profit ID number is EIN 20-5643482

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!

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:

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

Magical Bridge Foundation is currently working with Redwood City, California to design and build the second Magical Bridge Playground. Located in Redwood City’s Red Morton Park, Magical Bridge Foundation is set to break ground in October 2017 and open to the public in early 2018.

Magical Bridge Foundation plans to announce 3-5 additional locations in Santa Clara County by mid Summer 2017.

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.