Magical Bridge playground coming to Santa Clara

Magical Bridge Playground, courtesy of the organization's website

A playground designed for children of every type of ability is coming to Santa Clara, sure to help make memories and build community connections.

There are currently four Magical Bridge playgrounds in the Bay Area. The newest addition will come to Santa Clara’s Central Park, 909 Kiely Ave., providing a universally designed, all-access space for visitors of all abilities and backgrounds.

The agreement for new playground, which has not yet started construction, is being finalized this week when Mayor Lisa Gillmor signs off on the paperwork along with Magical Bridge staff.

$1.8 million of City of Santa Clara funds will help bring the playground to fruition, combined with a grant of $1.7 million from Santa Clara County. The Magical Bridge Foundation will work with supporters, companies, and philanthropists to raise the remaining $1 million needed to fully fund the $4.7 million playground. Click here for more info on supporting that effort.

Magical Bridge’s Palo Alto playground opened in 2015 and there are ongoing construction projects to bring the spaces to Redwood City, Morgan Hill, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View, as well as to a Palo Alto Unified School site.

A recent documentary, made with students with disabilities at the Options for All Film and Media Studio in Sunnyvale, highlighted the Magical Bridge playground program and its vision of a space welcoming for all, regardless of ability, disability, size, or age.