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Palo Alto's 'inclusive' playground excluded from reopening plan

Original post made on Oct 13, 2020

Since opening in 2015, the Magical Bridge has stood out as the city's only "inclusive" playground -- geared toward visitors of all abilities. But with other playgrounds now reopened, Magical Bridge users find themselves left out.

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Posted by Holly T
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 13, 2020 at 8:20 pm

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I am so upset and disappointed to hear that Palo Alto is not opening Magical Bridge Playground at the same time as other playgrounds, and apparently has no plans to do so. This playground is absolutely essential for children, adults and families with disabilities, not just in Palo Alto but in our whole community. These families are struggling more than ever in the time of COVID-19. I strongly urge Palo Alto to reconsider and release the funds to provide staffing to open this vital resource as soon as possible, and not discriminate against this community.

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Posted by Eric W
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 13, 2020 at 10:38 pm

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People of all abilities and all ages come to Magical Bridge to experience an inclusive place to play. Leaving this playground out of the Palo Alto reopening plan is out of step with what our community stands for. I hope the city council reconsiders this misguided decision.

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Posted by Why?
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2020 at 10:22 am

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Why can't it be open on a limited basis with supervision to make sure people are following the fulls. Swim lanes can be booked. Why can't Magical Bridge play time be reserved and booked? (BTW: I was at the Los Altos Library yesterday and they had a police officer on duty to make sure people were following the rules.)

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Posted by dontliveinCA
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2020 at 11:04 am

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I sure hope they can work something out. This is a very valuable resource for the community.

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Posted by Em Farrigan
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 15, 2020 at 10:17 pm

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I walk my dog to Mitchell Park daily in the afternoon. While the Magical Playground is supposed to be closed there are always families who’ve ignored the signage stating the park is closed enjoying the play equipment.

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Posted by Ben Wahl
a resident of another community
on Oct 20, 2020 at 11:09 pm

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It is astounding that the mayor cannot find a way to keep this playground open at this critical time. Children with special needs are feeling isolated right now. The possibility for depression is high. The mayor, in essence, is relinquishing their duty to care for ALL citizens by being unwilling to find a solution. If libraries, pools and other amenities can be open at this time, certainly an inclusive playground could be made available for children with special needs. Further, Mayor Fine's refusal to find a way to open the park risks negative national media attention on this matter, which would potentially degrade the reputation of your community. I am from another community outside of California and I am hearing about this controversy on several social media threads. Parents of kids with special needs are excellent advocates (by necessity) and will continue to broadcast their concerns. Mayor Fine should be aware that inaction on this matter could cast the community as one that is non-inclusive.

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