MAGIC and truly inclusive play is coming to Sunnyvale, California!
We’re thrilled to announce the third Magical Bridge Playground will be built in Sunnyvale, California, thanks to a passionate petition by teen Esther Lucas of Girl Scouts of Northern California Troop #601666 and city council that heard her call to action. The City of Sunnyvale has invested a generous gift of $1.8 million to construct a Magical Bridge Playground in Fair Oaks Park, which will help ensure that Sunnyvale’s nearly 150,000 residents — and the thousands more who visit each year — will have access to the power of play.
Donate today! We are currently raising the additional $2.4 million necessary for construction. Please join Esther, Magical Bridge, and the City of Sunnyvale as we bring to life another innovative and inclusive playground for all ages and all abilities!
Donations $300 and above will be recognized with a tile on the Sunnyvale donor wall.
It Takes a Village to Build a Playground
We are profoundly grateful for the generous contributions and support to build Magical Bridge Playground in Sunnyvale. We need to raise a total of $3.3m to begin construction in Fall 2018.
We’d like to recognize the following donors for helping to make truly inclusive play a reality for everyone and every BODY in Sunnyvale.
$1.8m – City of Sunnyvale
$1m – Santa Clara County Supervisor’s All-Inclusive Playground Grant (AIPG)
$350K – Jay Paul (Playhouse + Playstage Sponsor)
Apple – (Innovation Zone Sponsor)
$150K – LinkedIn (Kindness Corner Sponsor)
$150K – Google
$10,000 – Kristine Kelly
$1,000 – Chun- Yang Chen
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 Sunnyvale’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.