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Magical Bridge Foundation Selects Redwood City, CA as its Next Playground Location

REDWOOD CITY, CA  Sept. 13, 2016 — Magical Bridge Foundation announces that Redwood City, California, has been selected as its next playground location. Set to open at Red Morton Park in late 2017 or early 2018, the Foundation chose Redwood City due to its progressive parks and recreation program, funding support, and diverse community.

Magical Bridge Playground uniquely addresses and delights the play needs of everyone in a community, regardless of age or ability. Designed to be socially inclusive for children and adults of varying physical and cognitive abilities, Magical Bridge illustrates how parameters set forth by the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 are no longer enough. Two and a half decades since its passing, today’s public playgrounds overlook a significant number of community members: the growing autistic population, cognitively challenged, visually and hearing impaired, physically limited, and even the aging population.

Nearly one in every five individuals in the United States lives with some form of a disability, making it the largest minority group in the country. The play needs of these families have been overlooked in the design process and creation of public parks and playgrounds for far too long.  Magical Bridge goes above and beyond current ADA standards and creates innovative and exciting play value for everyone.

Opened to the public in April 2015, Palo Alto’s Magical Bridge continues to receive worldwide interest and accolades for its groundbreaking design.  Magical Bridge Playground is a culmination of seven years of planning, research, design, and guidance from inclusion experts, and now heralded as the nation’s most innovative and inclusive playground.


Founder of Palo Alto’s Magical Bridge playground, and co-founder of the Magical Bridge Foundation, Olenka Villarreal is thrilled that what was once a dream for her daughter, is now being embraced by Redwood City and beyond. “I knew when we were designing Magical Bridge in Palo Alto, we were doing something very special.  It wasn’t until we opened last year, did I come to terms with its full impact. It warms my heart to hear from countless families who thank us for having a place to play as equals. We hear from those who drive (and fly!) long distances so their children can finally celebrate a birthday at a public playground.”  Villarreal continues, “no one should have to drive for hours to play at a park. Shouldn’t all parks be designed for all those who live around it? Of course they should, and Redwood City immediately and enthusiastically embraced the magic of it all.”

As a Redwood City parent with an autistic son, Shannon Des Rosa Rochas is excited about Magical Bridge coming to her hometown. “My son is 15 years old now and ever since he was not a toddler, it’s been difficult to find a place where he could fit in and where people wouldn’t stare and make us feel unwelcome. At Magical Bridge, my son and I are always welcome. It’s a place I had dreamed of taking my son that never existed…until now.”

Lee Michelson, CEO of Sequoia Healthcare District adds, “there has never been a more important time to make outdoor play a priority for everyone in the community. Creating a truly inclusive and innovative playground is one of the best things we can do for the health and well-being of everyone living in Redwood City, regardless of ability, disability, size or age. I am thrilled Magical Bridge is coming to our district.”

“Whatever we thought Magical Bridge was going to be, it turned out to be 10 times better,” Dick Peery, renowned Palo Alto developer and head of Peery Foundation proudly shares. His early belief in our vision resulted in a generous gift of $1.4 million for Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto.  “There has never been anything like it and it is the favorite thing in [Palo Alto]. Once people go to Magical Bridge Playground, they will all want one in their community!”

Redwood City is Magical Bridge Foundation’s first expansion project.  The Foundation plans to announce additional Magical Bridge Playgrounds in the Bay Area by late 2016.

To learn more about Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City, and ways to support the project, kindly visit http://www.magicalbridge.org/redwoodcity



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43a7fa4d51863fd772b74de5e90e7b74Help support Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City! 

As a City dedicated to the entire community, Redwood City has made a significant contribution to this project. As a community, we need to raise $1.2M to make Magical Bridge Playground in Redwood City a reality.

Your generous donation will give countless families a place to play together — some, for the very first time. All contributions receive recognition on the Magical Bridge website, and contributions in excess of $300 will be recognized with a physical tile at the finished playground. Any amount is welcome and will greatly help bring Magical Bridge Playground to Redwood City!


About Magical Bridge Foundation

Palo Alto’s Magical Bridge Playground is heralded as the nation’s most innovative and inclusive playground, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Magical Bridge Foundation furthers the promise of this remarkable accomplishment by advocating for and creating inclusive and innovative playgrounds in other communities.  Addressing the needs of everyone and everybody in the community, Magical Bridge welcomes visitors of all abilities and disabilities, including those living with autism, physical and cognitive limitations, hearing and visually impaired, and even the aging population.  Redwood City, CA has been selected as it’s next playground location.  For more information, visit Magical Bridge’s website at www.magicalbridge.org, or follow @MagicalBridge on Twitter and http://www.facebook.com/MagicalBridge on Facebook.


About the City of Redwood City

The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 82,881 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: “Climate Best by Government Test”. Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county’s old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city’s vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org, or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter and http://facebook.com/CityofRedwoodCity.