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News - July 19, 2019

New 'inclusive' playground planned for Rinconada Park

Palo Alto moves ahead with plans to renovate playgrounds, add picnic areas next to Junior Museum and Zoo

by Gennady Sheyner

When Palo Alto opened its first Magical Bridge playground in Mitchell Park four years ago, it was widely acclaimed for featuring slides, swings and other play equipment that accommodate children with disabilities.

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16 people like this
Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 19, 2019 at 8:39 am

I like the idea of having special playgrounds like this

Please can we now have a playground for older children where younger children are discouraged. Older children need to be able to use their big motor skills, their extra energy, their stronger muscles, their excitement and vitality, without worrying about little children getting in their zone. We should have toddler tots areas, and we should also have adventure areas for those who want to be a little more boisterous. Children should be able to adjust their play behavior to accommodate everyone at times, but there are other times when the big kids need to be allowed to be big kids.

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Posted by Palo Alto Parent
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 19, 2019 at 1:46 pm

I am suprised that with all the funds that were raised for the renovaton project, so little was left to support and fund the playground. I really hope that it will be welcoming for both children and adults of differing abilities and not cluttered with ramps.

I'd also argue that it would be better to build more playgrounds in the spirit of Magical Bridge than continuing to update playgrounds that continue to stay empty. Palo Alto residents deserve better. Magical Bridge is simply too busy for my disabled adult son and we have so few choices in Palo Alto.

13 people like this
Posted by Sally
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 22, 2019 at 7:37 pm

Can we stop pretending the we are "showing the way forward" with multi-million dollar playgrounds?

I dearly hope I'm wrong. Maybe we are indeed paying these astronomical sums to develop blueprints (literal ones, not the figurative ones mentioned in the article) and supply lists and assembly instructions that we are making public so that any old town could take them and replicate great parks at a fraction of our cost... at costs, you know, somewhat close to what real towns outside of this bubble actually have to build parks.

I dearly hope so... please tell me that's so... I would be so surprised, but genuinely excited and proud if that were the case.

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Posted by Wishful thinking
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 24, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Playgrounds are not empty. They are being used constantly.

Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on revamping our playgrounds is out of control.

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