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Lenka Wright, Director of Communications, City of Santa Clara
Jill Asher, Magical Bridge Foundation
Phone: (650) 520-8512
City of Santa Clara and Magical Bridge Foundation Announce Magical New Agreement
Thursday’s ceremonial signing confirms funding and commitment to bring Magical Bridge Playground to Santa Clara’s Central Park in 2021
Santa Clara, CA On Thursday, Sept. 19, the City of Santa Clara and the Magical Bridge Foundation announced an agreement to bring the innovative all-access and inclusive Magical Bridge Playground to Santa Clara’s Central Park. With $1.8 million in City of Santa Clara funds and a generous $1.7 million grant from Santa Clara County, the Magical Bridge Foundation will identify donors, philanthropists and companies to secure the remaining $1 million to make this playground a reality.
“Santa Clara is The Center of What’s Possible and, through this agreement, we are ensuring that we have all-access, inclusive areas for our residents, families and visitors to play,” said Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor. “We are so excited to bring this new experience to our community, so everyone – young or young at heart – has a space where they can play together.”
Magical Bridge Playgrounds are designed to be both physically and socially inclusive for children and adults of varying physical and cognitive abilities. One in every four Americans today lives with a visible or invisible disability, making it one of the largest groups in the country and growing daily. While the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 made important cultural shifts, 25 years later our public playgrounds do little to incorporate the needs of autistic, cognitively challenged, visually and hearing impaired, physically limited, and aging populations. Magical Bridge is changing that, using a decade of research, insights from inclusion specialists and advocacy from engaged organizations, corporations, and school partners to create dynamic spaces that truly delight everyone.
“Expanding to Santa Clara’s Central Park is an exciting and natural extension for a city with such strong leadership and welcoming ways,“ said Olenka Villarreal, CEO and Founder of Magical Bridge Foundation. “Magical Bridge Playgrounds leverage the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley, create a new way to play and will unite this community in a more magical way!”
The Santa Clara Magical Bridge Playground will replace an aging play structure near the new planned site in Central Park.
For more information including how to help bring the joy of community play to Santa Clara, visit: http://magicalbridge.org/santa-clara/ and watch the Santa Clara Magical Bridge Video at https://youtu.be/5uDvbJchjxs.
About Magical Bridge Foundation
Magical Bridge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the heart of Silicon Valley, advocating for and bringing to life innovative and truly inclusive community and school playgrounds. Magical Bridge playgrounds delight and welcome everyone, regardless of ability, disability, size or age. Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto opened to the public in April 2015 and is heralded as the nation’s most innovative and inclusive playground, welcoming 25,000 per month. Magical Bridge Playground projects are currently underway in northern California communities of Redwood City, Morgan Hill, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, and the Palo Alto Unified School District. Locations outside the Bay Area for parks and school playgrounds will be announced in 2019. Kindly visit Magical Bridge online, and on Facebook and Twitter.
About the City of Santa Clara
Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is “The Center of What’s Possible.” Incorporated in 1852, Santa Clara covers an area of 19.3 square miles with a population of 120,000. Santa Clara is home to an extraordinary array of high-tech companies, including Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Ericsson. The City of Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, and Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl 50. For more information, go to SantaClaraCA.gov.