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With funding in place, Magical Bridge moves forward

Original post made on Apr 1, 2014

When a group of Palo Alto parents first approached city leaders in 2008 with a proposal to build the city's first truly inclusive playground, the project was based on little more than hopes, dreams and shared ideals. Now, what is known as the Magical Bridge Playground has two more crucial factors going in its favor: a refined design and the necessary funding to make the dream a reality.

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Posted by Rose Pedal
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:23 am

Looks VERY nice. Should be a great place for families to ride bikes to.

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

I wish this would have been done when our daughter was growing up. But I am really glad it is finally coming to fruition. It's a great park idea that is going to be happily used!

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Posted by spread out
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

It is very nice design and great idea. Mitchell Park is already a very nice park offers many activities, it will be nice to have more development for other parks in the city, so more kids can be benefited in the nearby neighborhood.

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Posted by MidtownMom
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2014 at 4:42 pm

This will be a great addition to the town and an invaluable asset to the families that need these type of services/facilities for their children. Way to go ..

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Very Cool.

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Posted by Olenka Villarreal
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm

On behalf of the Friends of the Magical Bridge, we thank this community for their big hearts! While we spent years researching, designing (and redesigning!) the playground to be magical for every kind of visitor, our fundraising campaign officially began October 2013. Being able to raise over $3 million in this short time frame is nothing short of magical.

Sadly, today's parks still do not consider the play needs of those living with autism or those with visual, auditory, sensory or cognitive differences. At long last, Palo Alto will have a place for all families, INCLUDING the many who have been forgotten for far too long.

To keep up with our progress and share your views, please join our Facebook family: Web Link

To purchase commemorative tiles, please visit our website: Web Link.

Magic is finally coming to Palo Alto, because inclusion is where real magic begins.

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Posted by Jennifer Buenrostro
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 3, 2014 at 8:58 am

This is very cool. I am so happy to watch this dream become a reality. Way to go!

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Posted by Kris Loew
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

Congratulations to the amazing and innovative Magical Bridge! Olenka, your hard work is paying off, and soon everyone will have a place to play! If it can happen at Mitchell Park, sparked by one determined mother, it can happen everywhere. The work that is finally coming to fruition here at Magical Bridge Playground will be a shining example of what parks can and should be -- fully inclusive and accessible to everyone!

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Posted by Barbara Butler
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2014 at 3:49 pm

It's an inspiring story & I am proud to be a part of the Magical Bridge Team! Barbara Butler Artist-Builder Inc is designing & building a wheelchair accessible 2-story playhouse & tree house for the Magical Bridge Playground. This super accessible playground is going to be an amazing innovative place to play for kids & families of all abilities. I have been building play structures and treehouses for kids for over 25 years, with over 600 original designs to date, but this will be my first fully accessible public park in the SF Bay Area. I am very excited to be a part of it!

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Posted by Jill Asher
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

This is so very exciting and I can't wait to see ALL of our children playing side-by-side.

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Posted by Abilities United
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Congratulations and thank you to Olenka and all the leaders of the Magical Bridge project! Your achievement is nothing short of incredible! You are role models for what a community can do to ensure that all people, of all abilities live, learn, work and play in a genuinely inclusive community. Bravo!

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