The Magical Bridge Foundation has received a grant of $400,000 from the Sequoia Healthcare District for the Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City’s Red Morton Park.  The $3.3 million dollar project is slated to open to the public in late 2017 or early 2018.  Sequoia Healthcare District joins the City of Redwood City as major funders of the project. The Redwood City Park and Recreation Department has already committed $1.5 million dollars towards the playground.

The Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City is modeled after Palo Alto’s Magical Bridge, located in Mitchell Park.  Redwood City residents will be invited to community input meetings to review designs concepts and express ideas for making the playground even more “magical.”

Magical Bridge Foundation is committed to designing and building playgrounds for everyone and every BODY, regardless of ability, disability, size or age.  Heralded as the nation’s most innovative and inclusive playground, Magical Bridge believes a playground should welcome and delight everyone in the community. Through its innovative and mindful design, Magical Bridge addresses the varying play needs of children and adults living with autism, those with physical and cognitive differences, the hearing and visually impaired, and even the aging population. Both able-bodied children and those living with varying abilities and differences play side by side, as never before.

“We’re honored and grateful to receive such a generous grant from the Sequoia Healthcare District,” shares Jill Asher, co-founder of Magical Bridge Foundation. “Our goal is to give every child and adult a chance to play, regardless of their ability or disability. Outdoor play is critical for the mental, physical and emotional well-being of a community, and these funds will help bring kindness, compassion, and the joy of truly inclusive play to everyone living in Redwood City.”

Magical Bridge was voted the Bay Area’s Best Playground by San Francisco Magazine.  Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized Magical Bridge Playground for its community impact, and Olenka Villarreal, the founder of Magical Bridge, received Palo Alto’s Chamber of Commerce Tall Tree Award for “Outstanding Citizen.”

Sequoia Healthcare District’s mission is to positively impact the health and well–being of bay area residents. SHD improves the health of the community through responsible stewardship of District taxpayer dollars and serves most of central and southern San Mateo County.

Magical Bridge Foundation is still looking to raise $1M for Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City.  If your company or family foundation is interested in learning more about supporting the project or creating an employee matching grant program, kindly contact Jill Asher at jill@magicalbridge.org.




Kindly consider supporting our efforts to fully fund the Redwood City Magical Bridge Playground.  All donations over $300 will be recognized with a physical tile on our donor wall, located inside the playground.