MAGIC and truly inclusive play is coming to Morgan Hill, California!
We’re thrilled to announce the fourth Magical Bridge Playground will be built in Morgan Hill, California, thanks to the passion and dedication of two retired Morgan Hill teachers, Shirlee and Ron Locicero. Ron and Shirlee brought the idea of building a truly inclusive playground to the Park and Recreation Department in 2015 and began raising funds and awareness for the project. After attending opening day of Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto, they knew Morgan Hill needed something just as MAGICAL and INCLUSIVE in their city.
The City of Morgan Hill heard their call to action, and has committed investing $2 million to construct a Magical Bridge Playground in Morgan Hill’s Community Park, which will help ensure that Morgan Hill’s nearly 33,000 residents — and the thousands more who visit each year — will have access to the power of play. All children and adults, regardless of ability, disability, size or age — will have place to play together in Morgan Hill!
Donations $300 and above will be recognized with a tile on the Morgan Hill donor wall.
It Takes a Village to Build a Playground
Magical Bridge Foundation is working to raise $4.7M to begin construction in 2018.
We’d like to recognize the following donors for helping to make truly inclusive play a reality for everyone and every BODY in Morgan Hill.
$2M – Morgan Hill
$2M – Santa Clara Supervisor’s All Inclusive Playground Grant (AIPG)
$50k – Acton Family Giving
$30K – Junior League of San Jose
$10K – Walmart Foundation
$5K – CSR Real Estate
$5K – Renzo and Lisa Sanchez-Silva
$5K – Kaiser Permanente of Santa Clara
$2.5K – The Sermesheim Family
$2K – Anna & Alex Gervacio
$2k – Ron, Shirlee, and Marsha Locicero
$1K – Catherine Rudolph
$1K – Doug & Cindy Wilber
Kindly contact Jill Asher at firstname.lastname@example.org if your company or foundation would like to explore sponsorship opportunities, or set up an employee lunch and learn. Please consider supporting our efforts by making a donation of any size — all donations over $300 will be recognized with a tile on the physical donor wall inside the playground.
Sponsor a Buddy Bench
Designed and hand-crafted by renowned artist Barbara Butler Artist-Builder, our Magical Buddy Benches are artful companion pieces to the Magical Bridge Playhouse. Sponsor a Magical Buddy Bench ($10,000) to promote kindness and acceptance, and show your lasting support for a playground where everyone can play!
Leave a Lasting Legacy
Perfect for Corporations and Foundations, we have exciting sponsorship opportunities available at various levels ranging from $150,000 – $450,000, including zone sponsorship with your name prominently displayed in the playground showing your generous commitment to the community for generations to come. With early sponsorship of a play zone, you will have the unique opportunity to offer input on design and equipment selection. Please contact Magical Bridge Foundation for zone selection assistance or to discuss donation opportunities.
The play zones currently planned for Morgan Hill’s development include:
Capturing the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley, the Innovation Zone provides unique and interactive play experiences utilizing technology, art and design that stimulates the full array of human senses in an entirely new way.
Outdoor play is a critical way for young children to create friendships, explore, take risks, develop fine and gross motor development, and absorb vast amounts of basic knowledge, including the valuable lessons of inclusion and kindness. The Tot Zone is expressly designed for children aged 1-4.
Rotary vestibular input, caused from spinning, is the most powerful form of sensory input that the brain can process. A popular group activity, the climbing net spinner and ground-level carousel are accessible for all ages and abilities so everyone can spin together!
The heart of Magical Bridge, the Kindness Corner is a gathering place for reflection, compassion and education. It helps spark conversations about making friends with those who are “different,” modeling positive behavior, and encouraging kids to be up-standers and address the issues of bullying.
Sliding helps coordination, balance and movement, and the Slide Mound is uniquely accessible for all (even wheelchair users)! The Slide Mound features a group slide, curvy slide, stimulating roller slide, climbing loops, a climbing net, and more.
Swinging creates vestibular stimulation critical to maintaining body posture, balance and equilibrium. The bucket swings, group disc swings, and sway boat accommodate all ages and abilities giving everyone the opportunity benefit from this important motion.
Through pretend-play, children experience the full range of their senses and feelings. Since 1987, Barbara Butler Artist-Builder, Inc. has created over 600 unique play structures — and their first wheelchair-accessible, two-story playhouse was designed and built especially for Magical Bridge. Your entire community will surely cherish the Playhouse for years to come.