Redwood City Council Approves Development of Redwood City Magical Bridge Playground

REDWOOD CITY Sept. 13, 2016 — Last night the City Council approved a partnership with the Magical Bridge Foundation to build an innovative and inclusive playground to open at Red Morton Park in late 2017 or early 2018.

The Magical Bridge Playground is a world-renowned concept developed first in Palo Alto and will soon debut in Redwood City. Designed to be socially inclusive for children and adults of varying physical and cognitive abilities, Magical Bridge Redwood City aims to go beyond typical playground designs, which often inadvertently overlook the growing autistic population, cognitively challenged, visually and hearing impaired, physically limited and the aging population.

The Magical Bridge Foundation will collaborate with Redwood City on its next location due to its progressive parks and recreation program, funding support, and diverse community.

“We’re pleased that the Magical Bridge Foundation chose Redwood City as its next location,” said Chris Beth, Director of Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services. “The City of Redwood City looks forward to partnering with them to design and build this exciting playground at Red Morton Park. We are always looking for ways to bring more value to the community and offer more programs that benefit residents of all ages and abilities.”

The City will contribute $1.5 million of Capital Improvement Project funding it had already allocated towards the planned renovation of the old existing playground project, while the Foundation is working to raise funds in the estimated amount of $1.8 million expected to complete the project. To learn more about the project, or personal or corporate giving, visit http://magicalbridge.org/redwoodcity or contact jill@magicalbridge.org.

About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 82,881 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: “Climate Best by Government Test”. Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county’s old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city’s vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org, or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter and http://facebook.com/CityofRedwoodCity.

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