The Peery Foundation will donate a $1 million matching grant to build a playground for disabled children and adults at Mitchell Park, members of the project said today.
The Magical Bridge playground will offer special equipment for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities, autism, sensory problems and visual limitations. It would be the first of its kind in the country, proponents said.
The Magical Bridge Project has received $1.1 million in individual donations toward its $3.1 million goal. The Peery Foundation will match up to $1 million in funding for donations received on or after April 19.
The grant, plus the $1 million in matching funds proponents hope to secure would allow the project to break ground by this fall, project founder Olenka Villareal said. The Friends of the Magical Bridge Playground hope to secure all funding by June 15, she said.
"We are inspired by the vision for this park. Palo Alto is full of wonderful parks, but this will be the first that allows all children, many who have had to watch from the sidelines, to fully participate in play with friends and family. We invite existing and new donors to find the generosity needed to make this park a reality," Peery said in a statement.
More information about the Magical Bridge Project can be found at http://www.magicalbridge.org.