Friday, April 24, 2015

Magical Bridge Playground: Amazing inclusive playground opens!

Last weekend, the "Nation's Most Inclusive Playground" opened in Palo Alto, CA. There are several inclusive playgrounds around the country, including St. Louis, MO, but this one appears to be the most accessible and the largest around.

Olenka Villareal started working with the Board of Friends of the Palo Alto Parks in 2008 in hopes of creating an accessible playground for her daughter, who has developmental disabilities. After years of research and finding a builder, Magical Bridge Playground was built and open to the public. Magical Bridge's website describes the park as:
"With seven zones specifically designed to accommodate the needs of all kinds of children, everyone will feel safe and included.
While basic wheelchair-accessible playgrounds exist, we are excited to far surpass the minimum requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act of 1990. Designed by inclusive play experts, educators, therapists, families living with various disabilities, and the City of Palo Alto, we have designed a place like no other in the nation. True to the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley, the Magical Bridge playground will be the first of its kind."
Magical Bridge includes zones for swinging, spinning, music, tot play, sliding and playing on stage or a treehouse. Hundreds of people showed up for the parks opening last weekend, and it's already making a huge impact on the community. See the excitement here:

To visit the Magical Bridge Playground, visit them at 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA, or visit their website here.


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