The Most Inclusive Playground in the Country Opens – And it’s Magical

posted Feb 17, 2010, 9:27 PM by Jessica Cooper   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 3:46 PM ]

Where can a blind child, a child in a wheelchair, a sister with autism or brother with Down syndrome play with other families equally, and be part of their community? The Magical Bridge Playground.

Original Source: by Good News Network - April 21, 2015

In Palo Alto, the most innovative and inclusive–and expensive– playground in the country opened on Saturday. It’s a wonderland for young and old alike where there are no barriers to fun.

The idea was birthed by a mother (of course). Olenka Villareal had to drive 12 miles and pay $150 so her child with developmental disabilities could play on a swing.

It took six years of planning, but this mom raised $4 million, most of it privately, to bring the Magical Bridge Playground to life.

Some of the features include an entirely smooth surface – no sand or mulch to limit access to wheels or walkers – overly large safety swings and slides, merry-go-rounds built at ground level for wheelchairs, and lazy boy swings for parents to gently rock kids in their arms.