FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jill Asher, Magical Bridge Foundation
Phone: (650) 520-8512
Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City to Complete Construction in Summer 2019
Redwood City, CA July 27, 2018 — In 2016, the City Council of Redwood City approved a partnership with Magical Bridge Foundation to bring a Magical Bridge Playground to Red Morton Park. We’re honored to bring this innovative and inclusive play space to Redwood City and are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our donors and the enthusiasm of the community. To the hundreds of individuals, companies and foundations who have supported the project, we thank you.
Like any major undertaking, the Magical Bridge Playground is being completed in phases. We are happy to report that Phase I – undergrounding overhead utilities, moving the PG&E transformer, and adding new parking spaces next to the playground (at the National Guard Armory) – is complete!
Phase II, the construction of the playground, has begun, but has been dealt a small setback. On July 23, 2018 Redwood City took the action to reject the lone bid received to construct the playground due to the fact that the bid received exceeded the original engineer’s estimates from early 2018. In order for the City to re-issue the bid in hopes of securing better pricing and more bidders – something everyone is confident will occur – it was necessary to reject the current bid.
It should be noted that the lone bidder, Level 10 Construction, waived all construction management fees and profit on the job in appreciation of the amazing space we’ve come together to build for our community. Despite this, the hot construction market with its rising material and labor costs brought many of the sub-contractor’s bids in higher than anticipated and forced the decision to re-bid the playground, sadly causing a few months of delay. While no one likes delay, we are confident the City will administer the re-bid of the job swiftly and that everyone involved will work to ensure we advance the playground. We expect to announce the contractor in September 2018. Our new timeline to open Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City is Summer 2019.
Magic thrives in times of trouble. Indeed, this is the case in Redwood City. In the face of our challenge, Jay Paul, the owner of Jay Paul Company, has increased his financial commitment to Magical Bridge Foundation by $1 million (in addition to his sponsorship of the Swing and Sway Zone) to assist us in our time of need. Magical Bridge Foundation and all who will play at Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City are profoundly grateful for this generous gift, which will give everyone a place to play, regardless of ability, disability, size or age. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to Jay Paul and Jay Paul Company.
Magical Bridge Foundation, in partnership with the City of Redwood City, has also begun to secure material discounts and other contributions from potential bidders that will help reduce the cost pressures associated with the rising costs of construction. Together with the increased philanthropic support, we are more confident than ever we will succeed in our efforts.
The City and the Magical Bridge Foundation teams will continue to collaborate to ensure this truly inclusive and “magical” playground opens soon! The City does not anticipate too much of a delay to the overall construction timeline and will share more updates as they become available.
As always, we thank the City of Redwood City and community members for their dedication to truly inclusive play and helping to make this playground a reality for everyone living in Redwood City and beyond. More information about Magical Bridge Playground coming to Red Morton Park in Redwood City can be found here – http://www.magicalibridge.org/redwoodcity
About Magical Bridge Foundation
Magical Bridge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the heart of Silicon Valley, advocating for and bringing to life innovative and truly inclusive community and school playgrounds. Magical Bridge playgrounds delight and welcome everyone, regardless of ability, disability, size or age. Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto opened to the public in April 2015, and is heralded as the nation’s most innovative and inclusive playground. Magical Bridge playground projects are currently underway in northern California communities of Redwood City, Morgan Hill, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and the Palo Alto Unified School District. Locations outside the Bay Area for parks and school playgrounds will be announced in 2019. Kindly visit Magical Bridge online at http://www.magicalbridge.org, and on Facebook and Twitter.