Current Improvement Projects

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MB_SwayBoatMagical Bridge Playground

The Magical Bridge Playground is a world-renowned concept developed first in Palo Alto and will soon debut in Redwood City. Designed to be socially inclusive for children and adults of varying physical and cognitive abilities, Magical Bridge Redwood City aims to go beyond typical playground designs, which often inadvertently overlook the growing autistic population, cognitively challenged, visually and hearing impaired, physically limited and the aging population. The Magical Bridge Foundation will collaborate with Redwood City on its second location due to its progressive parks and recreation program, financial generosity, and diverse community.

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Red Morton Old Playground photo by www.paymonhome.comRed Morton Park Westside Renovation Project

Red Morton Park is located in central Redwood City and bordered by Valota Road, Madison Avenue, and Vera Street. The park contains sports fields, playgrounds, and several buildings. The project area includes the playground and parking lot near Valota Road, the parking lot near the CAB, pathways, signage throughout the park for pedestrians and bicyclists, and sports field viewing areas. The project also includes improvements to the main pedestrian entrance to the park from Valota Road and street crossings surrounding the park. 

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redwood-creekDowntown Parks and Bay Connectivity Project

In 2017, the Redwood City Council established a goal to create a network of great open spaces throughout the City by connecting downtown, parks, open spaces, creeks, schools, and other points of interest such as Courthouse Square. The following year the Parks Department prepared the Downtown Parks Site Assessment and Feasibility Study for the selection of city-owned sites to transform for the purpose of open space in the downtown. Consequently, Council directed staff to proceed with a phased approach, creating a vision plan for three downtown parks that feed a green linear park that resonates with the existing open space and further connects downtown to Redwood Creek and the waterfront. The RFQ for Downtown Parks and Bay Connectivity Project is the subsequent step towards this goal.  

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veterans_center_reimagineVeterans Memorial Building/
Senior Center
(Joint Project with the YMCA of Silicon Valley)

Modernizing the Redwood City Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center and YMCA, is a long-planned project that will enhance the community’s fitness, wellness, and recreational resources. After much community discussion, a decision has been made to rebuild and re-imagine these facilities. The revised design proposal will provide better integration of the new facilities within Red Morton Park, preserving valued open green space.

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shipbarry-650x520Pirate Ship Imaginative Art Area

The City of Redwood City has received numerous requests over the years by library patrons (parents and kids especially) to have an outdoor playground adjacent to the Redwood Shores Library. The City has also received public art funds from both capital projects as well as a $25,000 National Endowment of the Arts grant to support a new public art installation. City Council approved the purchase of an interactive public art sculpture called the Pirate Ship, by internationally renowned artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The Pirate Ship will be an interactive play structure, enclosed in ornamental fencing, and connected to the children’s area side of the Library. 

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