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“We dream that one day soon we will no longer need to specify ‘inclusive’ or ‘accessible’ when creating something as vital as a playground.”

Olenka Villarreal, Founder, Magical Bridge Foundation

2023: A Year of Magic In Review

Magical Bridge Foundation innovates multigenerational playgrounds, parks, and programs for more inclusive communities.

Magical Bridge Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in Palo Alto, California, creates multigenerational playgrounds, parks, and programs for more inclusive communities. Drawing from over a decade of research-driven innovation, Magical Bridge redefines inclusivity by uniquely exploring the intersection of universal design and community impact to produce outdoor spaces and programs that transcend both physical and social barriers. With seven award-winning playgrounds currently open and many more in development around the world, Magical Bridge proudly champions the vision that all ages and abilities deserve to benefit from the magic of play, community connections, and a sense of belonging. Through collaboration with cities, developers, and landscape architects, Magical Bridge extends the impact of its work to public parks, schools, zoos, and museums worldwide. In addition to a turnkey design-build model, licensing opportunities ensure the Magical Bridge brand, designs, and programs are catalysts for kinder and more inclusive societies everywhere. Magical Bridge invites you to join the movement toward a brighter future where all public spaces and programs reflect the diversity and unity of the people they serve — a world where inclusion means everyone.

Our story starts with a mom, two daughters, and a playground need.

It was only after the birth of her second daughter, Ava, that Olenka discovered how isolating a playground could be. A place that brought joy and community connections with her older daughter, Emma, had become a dreaded outing when she realized there were no parks designed for families like her own — a family with two children with very different needs.

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Determined to create the kind of outdoor space that both her disabled and non-disabled daughters (and all their friends!) would love, she mobilized a team of volunteers to create such a place, where visitors of every age and ability could play together.

 

In 2015, after seven years of design research, advocacy effort, and fundraising, Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto California opened to the public. Once visitors discovered it, communities from around the world began reaching out for help in bringing this new kind of playground to their communities.

With generous support from the Enlight Foundation and Steckler Family Fund, Magical Bridge Foundation was launched as a non-profit organization in 2016. The mission was to build more playgrounds and advocate for parks and programs to include the whole family from the youngest to oldest, no matter what the ability or disability.

With 7 custom playgrounds now open to the public, and many more in development, Magical Bridge Foundation is passionate about bringing the joy of play, kindness, and community connections.

Magical Bridge Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. EIN: 81-2377796

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