Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto's Mitchell Park has Reopened.

Effective May 22, 2021

With Santa Clara's County announcement of moving into the Yellow Tier, Palo Alto's Parks and Recreation team is moving forward with ending city staff at the Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto.  This means that the playground will also transition away from the limited use hours and days, and be open to the public from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.

Effective Saturday, May 22nd, the playground will transition with the following changes, similar to the other parks and playgrounds in Palo Alto.

  • The wearing of masks, social distancing, restricting food and drinks, and 30-minute time limit will rely on self-adherence. 
  • The gates will no longer be locked after hours.
  • Entry and Exit will no longer be in one gate and out the other (no longer one-way).
  • Signage for County playground guidelines will be replaced with the State’s Play It Safe guidelines.

We are excited to fully open our gates tomorrow for ALL to visit. Please, we kindly ask you to follow the new guidelines and keep our space safe for all who visit and love Magical Bridge.

We thank the city staff and all who worked so hard to keep the playground open and the community safe.

The city is also running a volunteer program for those in the community (ages 14+) who would like to give back by volunteering as a Magical Bridge Kindness Ambassador. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at if you have any questions or complete this form.

Please continue to follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended social distancing and mask protocols. These limits are in place for the safety of the whole community. Your actions affect the health and safety of everyone and will help to keep our playground open.

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.

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