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Magic Is Coming To Morgan Hill

Virtual Groundbreaking Set For Magical Bridge Playground

Palo Alto, CA  June 10, 2020 — Magical Bridge Foundation is excited to announce the virtual groundbreaking for the Magical Bridge Playground in Morgan Hill. The virtual groundbreaking will take place on June 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

The virtual groundbreaking ceremony will mark the official start to the construction of the Magical Bridge Playground project at Community Park. The playground will provide Morgan Hill residents and visitors of all abilities and ages with a space to play. The community is invited to participate virtually using Zoom. To access the Zoom meeting, use the following link: https://bit.ly/MagicalBridgePlaygroundGroundbreaking or call (669) 900-9128 and enter webinar ID: 818 1011 9393.

“We’re excited to announce the virtual groundbreaking for the Magical Bridge Playground in Morgan Hill. Especially during this time, we hope this project is a sign of hope for our community for the future opportunities we’ll have to celebrate inclusivity and play in Morgan Hill,” said Chris Ghione, Public Services Director for the City of Morgan Hill.

The recent Covid-19 crisis has greatly impacted the City’s finances and is going to need the community’s help to continue to maintain the park once it is open. This help is needed in the areas of continued fundraising and future commitment to volunteer.

“We are very excited to begin the building process of the inclusive park and are eager to celebrate the opening with the community. We look forward to continued community support of the park for years to come.” said Ron Locicero, Morgan Hill Parks and Recreation Commissioner.

The City is planning to start an endowment fund for future park maintenance and any funds raised for the park as they move forward will go to that fund. This is another chance for those who have not already donated to add their name on the donor wall or those that have contributed to increase their donation. All funds raised will be used for future park maintenance. In addition to donating, those who are able to commit their time after the park opens can begin signing up to volunteer now! The community needs your help to keep our new playground Magical for the long term.

“These past few months have underscored our need to connect with one another, and the real power of kindness,” shares Magical Bridge Foundation founder and CEO Olenka Villarreal. “For those living with disabilities, the disconnection from the community has been challenging. It’s one of the many reasons our foundation is excited about today’s announcement to break ground in Morgan Hill’s Community Park, a place where everyone will soon be welcome to play – all ages and all abilities. This day would never have happened without the strong leadership from the County Board of Supervisors, the Morgan Hill Mayor and City Councilmembers, and the many generous families who collaborated with us to bring this new kind of play space to life.”

Living in today’s unprecedented times has required new thinking on health and safety practices particularly in public spaces. The City of Morgan Hill and the Magical Bridge Foundation are committed to ensuring that everyone feels safe and welcome when visiting the Magical Bridge Playground in Morgan Hill.

  • Unlike typical ‘post and platform’ play structures, the wide-open play spaces at the Magical Bridge Playground will easily allow for social distancing.
  • The fenced-in play areas create a defined space and single point of entry so that we can easily control the total number of visitors to the playground.
  • We are exploring adding hand washing or sanitation stations to ensure the health and wellbeing of all visitors.
  • To protect those with respiratory issues and those who are medically fragile, the Magical Bridge Playground does not have tanbark or sand inside the active play spaces.
  • Smooth gentle pathways throughout make the Magical Bridge Playground wheelchair friendly.

“The Magical Bridge Playground holds a special place in my heart as a parent, educator and as a person with disabilities,” shares Morgan Hill resident Deborah Vick. “As a parent, it means I can actually go to the park with my son and truly enjoy and interact with him at all stages. As an educator, I look forward to helping create programs for our participants, helping everyone succeed to the best of their abilities. As a person and advocate for people with disabilities, I see this as a great opportunity to raise awareness and create a virtual bridge between all who live in and love Morgan Hill.”

Morgan Hill City Council unanimously approved a Magical Bridge Playground in Community Park, committing to obtain $2 million in funding for the playground. Community Park rests in the heart of Morgan Hill and welcomes residents, visitors of all ages. It will be the first inclusive playground in the stretch between San Jose and Salinas, a point of pride for the City Council, the Morgan Hill Community Foundation, and many volunteers.

“It has been our pleasure to be part of this team and project since 2015,” shares Anna Gervacio and Debbie Hernandez,  early supporters and volunteers of Magical Bridge, and parents of special needs children. “Our dream was to create a welcoming and delightful place to play for everyone living in Morgan Hill and the South County – and to finally have a safe and fun place for children and adults with special needs. This “magical” play space will provide necessary recreational opportunities for our underserved population and allow everyone to play together.”

Magical Bridge Playgrounds are designed to meet the needs of everyone, including the 1-in-4 people living with visible or invisible disabilities. Morgan Hill’s Magical Bridge Playground will be located at Community Park, welcoming residents, visitors of all ages. For more information or to make a donation to support the project, visit https://www.magicalbridge.org/morgan-hill.

About Magical Bridge Foundation

Magical Bridge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designing and building playgrounds for children and adults of all ages, abilities, and sizes. In short, we welcome everyone, at every stage of life. Redefining inclusive playgrounds through truly innovative design, Magical Bridge Playgrounds far exceed industry standards as we remove physical and social barriers in today’s traditional playgrounds to create welcoming spaces for all ages, abilities, and sizes. Through our advocacy and programs both on and off the playground, we promote kindness and ignite vital intergenerational play to build more inclusive communities. Magical Bridge Foundation is currently working on playground, school and museum projects throughout the Bay Area and worldwide. To learn more, kindly visit https://www.magicalbridge.org.