Magical Bridge Studio Tour

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First window: Barbara Butler, Peter Jensen ASLA, Landscape Architect for City of Palo Alto, Nick Peterson, Project Manager/Estimator for Barry Swenson Builder. Second window: Olenka Villarreal, founder of Magical Bridge, Jill Asher, long-time supporter and head of PR for Friends of Magical Bridge & Leland D. Levy, major donor. Third Window: Amanda and Vince Steckler, major donors.

Children of all abilities will soon have a chance to play in the country’s first fully accessible playground, Palo Alto’s Magical Bridge. To celebrate, we hosted a Studio Tour for the team where we displayed the second story of the playhouse and the stage.

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In addition to updating everyone on our progress, the Studio Tour also brought together various members of the Magical Bridge team, some of whom had not previously met. The dreamers, the builders and the major donors have each played a vital role in making the Magical Bridge a reality.

Birthday-cakeOlenka Villareal, who has spearheaded this project since its inception, happened to be celebrating a birthday the same day so Suzanne surprised her with a magical cake — yes, that is an actual handcrafted mini bridge you see there!

Theater-front-under-construction-at-shopHere’s the fully accessible stage, almost ready for young rock stars and thespians to take the lead in their own show. We are thrilled to be a part of this project and can’t wait to get it set up at the park for the kids to enjoy!

Photo credit: Bernardo Grijalva  www.bgpix.net

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