Our flagship Magical Bridge Playground opened to the public in April 2015 in the heart of Silicon Valley. Located in Mitchell Park in Palo Alto, California, Magical Bridge is heralded as the nation’s most innovative and inclusive playground, attracting visitors of all ages and all abilities.

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Universally Designed* to be a socially inclusive playground for everyone, Magical Bridge finally includes the 1-in-4 of us living with physical and cognitive disabilities, autism, visual and hearing impairments, the medically fragile, and our aging population. The first of its kind, Magical Bridge clearly illustrates how today’s typical park designs overlook so many.

Here are a few of the features you will discover when visiting Magical Bridge Playground.

Frequently asked questions

Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto is currently CLOSED. We opened the gates of the Magical Bridge Playground on Saturday, April 18, 2015, and look forward to welcoming you back to the playground, as soon as state and local guidelines allow.
The park is open every day, including holidays from Sunrise to Sunset.
No. Thanks to the many generous donors (like you!) we are thrilled that it’s FREE!
We love seeing families using the Magical Bridge as a place of celebration and, unlike other parks that do charge for a reservation, we are free! Being free also means that there is no formal reservation system other than to show up, and secure one of the 4 large tables provided for picnics and parties. Please note, the space for these celebrations is on the large grassy-area, near the tennis courts. To enter, best access is to park at the back of 3864 Middlefield Road and come through that gate. Each of these 4 tables comfortably sits about 14 adults and is wheelchair-friendly. In addition to the tables, the grass is a beautiful area to enjoy games, food and have a magical time.

We emphatically ask that you do 2 things:
  1. Please not bring your large parties and groups to the playhouse/stage area, where we have 3 small round tables. These are designated for small group gatherings or places parents can offer their kids a snack, not for a big party setting (with the mess that comes with it….sorry).
  2. Please clean up after yourselves.

We appreciate your sense of responsibility and hope to continue offering the use of the park at no charge. Many of our guests travel from far and wide to be able to host a birthday for a child who, because of a disability, was previously unable to enjoy the use of an outdoor space. It is our sincere hope that every guest to the playground cherishes it as we all do. We want to be able to keep the admission free and to rely on you to help keep it magical for years to come!
We love dogs but, other than service dogs, we kindly ask that you not bring them inside our play zones. Since there is no natural grass for them to “take care of business,” we hope you understand.
No. Magical Bridge is not a 'special needs playground' because we don't think there is anything special about needing a place to play! Magical Bridge welcomes everyone, regardless of age, ability or disability.

Join the movement on the playground through our teen Kindness Ambassador Program

Our unique program is designed for energetic and passionate tween and teen volunteers dedicated to fostering a community of inclusion, while spreading messages of kindness and compassion in all Magical Bridge events and activities.

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