Designed for everyone.
Magical Bridge Playgrounds are universally designed to improve the physical, social, emotional, and mental health of everyone in a community, regardless of age or ability.
Socially inclusive and physically accessible, Magical Bridge Playgrounds include the 1-in-4 around the world living with physical and cognitive disabilities, autism, visual and hearing challenges, and those who are aging or medically fragile. Since opening the first playground in 2015, there are now 7 playgrounds open to the public in the San Francisco Bay Area with many more in development around the world.
The first of its kind, Magical Bridge Playgrounds are intentionally and mindfully designed to bring people of all ages and abilities together while encouraging group and individual discovery, imagination, fitness, and reflection. In short, we are not a “special needs” playground – rather, we are a playground for everyone and everybody, at every stage of life.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The design and guiding principles behind Magical Bridge Playgrounds are a direct result of over a decade of research and collaboration with inclusion visionaries, community leaders, special needs educators, landscape architects, developers, artists, innovators, and families living with disabilities. Combining the research and collaboration of many, barriers were removed, allowing the magic of play to be at the forefront of the playground in a safe environment for all. Discover the features of a Magical Bridge Playground below.
Distinct Play Zones with equipment for all ages, sizes, and abilities
Seamless pathways and soft-fall ground surfaces with no loose tanbark or sand that may obstruct those using breathing tubes
Wide slides, adult-sized bucket swings, and a wheelchair-accomodating carousel
Kindness Corner for reflection
Signage for those with sensory challenges
Hideaway Huts for quiet retreat
Ample shade and gathering areas
Wheelchair access to a two-story custom playhouse and stage
Slide Mound offers multiple challenge slide levels including patented Slide and Sit™ landings for those needing more time at the bottom
Local art installations
Interactive musical features such as a 24-note laser harp
How Magical Bridge
Playgrounds are different.
Beyond inclusion, there's magic.