Magical Bridge Playground | Toddling Through the Silicon Valley | Cheryl Bac | Almanac Online |

Local Blogs

Toddling Through the Silicon Valley

By Cheryl Bac

E-mail Cheryl Bac

About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

View all posts from Cheryl Bac

Magical Bridge Playground

Uploaded: Apr 20, 2015
What better way to start off the week than by checking out a brand new playground. Our son and his friends had a great time exploring the new Magical Bridge Playground this morning.

Although there were many kids running around, the park easily accommodated the crowd. However, I bet I wasn't the only parent wishing I had dressed my son in a brighter color so I could more easily see when he dashed off from one play area to the next. As with any new play space, it will take a little while for me to get used to this park's unique blind spots.

I'm so used to bringing a bag of toys with us to the park. It was a wonderful change of pace to leave our toys at home and instead focus on discovering what this innovative and inclusive park has to offer - especially all of the different equipment for kids to spin, swing, sway and slide. We stayed for about two hours and still didn't play with everything!

The slides were clearly a favorite place for many children. And, although it wasn't packed with kids, I enjoyed the park's unique laser harp. We'll definitely be adding the Magical Bridge Playground into our park rotation.

Did you check out the new Magical Bridge Playground yet? What did you think?
What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

 +   3 people like this
Posted by Johnny, a resident of Midtown,
on Apr 23, 2015 at 7:57 pm

There used to be a nice, quiet glade at this location and a bench were one could sit and relax.

Let kids climb trees, play with a stick and toss a football. I don't understand the need for some mini amusement park in this location.

I miss the old library too... can't stand the new one.

Just my 2 cents


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Crescent Park,
on Apr 24, 2015 at 9:14 am

@johnny - This Park was designed so kids who can't "climb trees, play with a stick and toss a football" can still have a wonderful, outdoor play experience. It was a labor of love by a Palo Alto mom and her supporters.

Cheryl - thanks for sharing, I'm so glad you and your son enjoyed it!


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Pine Grove Play Structure, a resident of Midtown,
on Apr 24, 2015 at 9:50 am

I am not a fan. Until last week, lots of kids came and played with me. They turned my wheel, talked into my speakers, climbed my curvy ladder. Now? barely anyone. I hear the kids in the distance, but they seem more interested in a play stage, laser harp and spinning platforms than an old piece of plastic and metal like myself.

Maybe someday they'll get bored and come visit me.


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Apr 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Johnny - Thanks for commenting. We never checked out that section of Mitchell Park before the Magical Bridge Playground was built. The water area, grassy field and toddler playground provided us lots of entertainment.

Magicalbridge.org has a lot of great background information about why this unique, accessible, and inclusive park was built.

palo alto mom - Thanks for commenting! And for explaining why this playground was built. Yes, it was a very fun outing for us.

Pine Grove Play Structure - Thanks for commenting. The Magical Bridge Playground was crowded when we visited. It will be interesting to see if it remains crowded into the summer or if kids will be more drawn to the water play area (if the water is turned on).


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Apr 25, 2015 at 9:14 am

Nice playground but very few disabled children playing there. So many healthy kids dominated all the structures that disabled children couldn't get a turn.


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Apr 25, 2015 at 10:18 am

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Anonymous - Thanks for commenting. Sorry to hear that. When we went, it felt like most people were very considerate of others.

The park was designed to accommodate a variety of different physical and cognitive abilities (autistic, hearing impaired, etc), so the varying abilities of the kids and adults may not always be obvious.


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Silvia, a resident of Greenmeadow,
on Apr 27, 2015 at 11:42 am

Anon, My son has a hearing impairment and we specifically went to this playground so he could enjoy some of the tactile equipment. I wish people could understand that not all disabilities are visible and I wish people would be a little slower to pass judgement based on limited evidence like a casual glance around this lovely new playground.


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Apr 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Silvia- Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I hope you and your son enjoyed the new playground.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Don't be the last to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Vegan cafe to land in Mountain View this week
By Elena Kadvany | 7 comments | 4,097 views

What Would it Take to Get Tech Companies to Move Jobs Out of the Region and Is This a Good Idea?
By Steve Levy | 14 comments | 1,218 views

A Power Play
By Sherry Listgarten | 7 comments | 1,044 views

College Match
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 887 views

Piles of artwork
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 400 views

 

The Almanac Readers' Choice ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "The Almanac Readers' Choice" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 27th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 17th issue of The Almanac.

VOTE HERE