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File #: 19-1390    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Public Hearing/General Business Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/22/2019 In control: Cultural Commission
On agenda: 12/2/2019 Final action: 12/2/2019
Title: Presentation by the Magical Bridge Foundation
Presentation by the Magical Bridge Foundation

The City entered into an agreement with the Magical Bridge Foundation to design, build and partially fund a Magical Bridge All Inclusive Playground in Central Park (Project). This new playground will replace the 1960's era Arbor Center Playground on the Kiely Boulevard side of the park. The playground project will be funded through City funding in the amount of $1.8 million dollars, an All Inclusive Playground Grant from the County of Santa Clara in the amount of $1.7 million dollars and additional funding of at least $1 million dollars raised by the Magical Bridge Foundation through individual, community and corporate support.

Over the last several years the City Council has adopted a goal to "enhance parks and recreation assets" and supported new park and playground standards that embrace inclusion and age-friendly design. The recently rehabilitated Bowers Park Playground implemented these design standards.

The design standards promote community health and wellness and appropriate for all persons and all abilities of users. The Magical Bridge Playground in Central Park will be approximately one acre in size, provide distinct zones of play with each play element, offered in multiple ways. It will address the developmental needs of children and the physical, cognitive and social needs of all playground guests, and foster positive connections with others.

Magical Bridge Foundation will engage the whole community to increase awareness for the benefits of the All-Inclusive Playground and to solicit needed financial support for the completion of the Project and necessary park improvements that will support community access and use of the playspace.

Representatives from the Magical Bridge Foundation will provide a brief Project overview and opportunities for the community to be involved in the fundraising effort and playground design.


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