Awards & Patents

2018 Gratitude Award Presented to Magical Bridge Foundation
For demonstrating outstanding innovation and leadership in working to solve the greatest problems facing children and youth around the world.


United States Design Patent #D792,542-S
Slide Attachment (“Slide ‘n Sit with Dignity Landing”)
July 18, 2017

Inventors: Olenka Villarreal and Peter Jensen
Assignee: Magical Bridge Foundation
Term: 15 years

Olenka Villarreal received the prestigious Palo Alto Tall Tree Outstanding Citizen Volunteer Award for her exceptional civic contributions and service to the community, specifically for her work to design, fund and build Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto.

Magical Bridge Foundation Recognized with “Community Impact Award” for best new addition to Silicon Valley in 2016.

Magical Bridge Playground was featured as “Best Playground” south of San Francisco in the 2016 Best of San Francisco Magazine. (see page 110)

Artist Jen Lewin wins a 2016 CODA Award for the Magical Harp, an interactive instrument played by passing your body through 24 low-voltage diode LEDs that shine from the top of the delicate arch to the ground.

2015 Frontline Park Award
Presented to Magical Bridge playground in Palo Alto
In recognition of its unique approach to community engagement and design.

Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto received the “2015 Award of Excellence” – in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Community.

Olenka Villarreal was honored to receive a Bay Area Jefferson Award, sponsored by KPIX, San Francisco’s CBS. The team came out to Magical Bridge Playground to interview Olenka about her work to bring innovation and inclusive play to Palo Alto.

Magical Bridge Playground was awarded one of the largest holiday fund grants from the Palo Alto Weekly’s record breaking 19th Annual Holiday Fund for its aim to design and build a new kind of playground that will serve all children, those with and without disabilities.