Innovative New Water Park Washes Away Barriers To Summer Fun

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Innovative New Water Park Washes Away Barriers To Summer Fun

There is a brand new water park in San Anto­nio, Texas, that is designed to be enjoyed by every­one, regard­less of phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions or other spe­cial needs a per­son may have. Via Sunny Skyz:

Morgan’s Inspi­ra­tion Island in San Anto­nio, Texas, is mak­ing sure kids with dis­abil­i­ties don’t miss out on all the fun this summer.

Every sec­tion of the the new water park is wheel­chair acces­si­ble and guests with spe­cial needs are admit­ted at no cost.

Other fea­tures of Morgan’s Inspi­ra­tion Island include water­proof RFID (radio-​frequency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion) wrist­bands so par­ents can keep track of their kids, a seven-​story light­house and a water play area called Rain­bow Reef, which has water that can be warmed for guests with sen­si­tiv­ity to cold.

In a press release, owner Gor­don Hart­man said the team behind Inspi­ra­tion Island con­sulted with water park pro­fes­sion­als, doc­tors and experts in spe­cial edu­ca­tion and spe­cial needs, as well as received input from local teach­ers, par­ents and caregivers.

The park also offers pri­vate areas for guests to trans­fer out of their per­sonal wheel­chairs to water­proof ones.

We recently unveiled with the Uni­ver­sity of Pitts­burgh rev­o­lu­tion­ary new wheel­chairs pro­pelled by com­pressed air,” Gor­don said. “Our guests in expen­sive battery-​powered wheel­chairs can’t afford to get them wet, so we have spe­cial Morgan’s Inspi­ra­tion Island PneuChairs.”

They really did try to think of every­thing a per­son with spe­cial needs might need to be able to enjoy this unique water park, includ­ing pro­vid­ing water proof under­gar­ments — free of charge — for peo­ple who may need them.

The fully hand­i­capped acces­si­ble water park was pre­ceded by Morgan’s Won­der­land, which is an amuse­ment park that was designed to be enjoyed by peo­ple with and with­out spe­cial needs, after the par­ents of Mor­gan Hart­man noticed that Mor­gan, who has phys­i­cal and cog­ni­tive lim­i­ta­tions, wanted to be with other kids at a hotel pool, but the able bod­ied kids appeared to be uneasy about play­ing with a spe­cial needs child. So Morgan’s par­ents decided to make a place where all kinds of kids could come together and have fun, in the spirit of friend­ship and inclu­sion:

The tip­ping point occurred in 2005 when Gor­don observed Mor­gan want­ing to play with other vaca­tion­ing kids at a hotel swim­ming pool, but the kids were leery of Mor­gan and didn’t want to inter­act with her. Then and there, Gor­don resolved to cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties and places where those with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties can come together not only for fun but also for a bet­ter under­stand­ing of one another. That led to the con­struc­tion of Morgan’s Won­der­land in an aban­doned quarry in North­east San Anto­nio. It’s apro­pos that the but­ter­fly is the sym­bol of this unique theme park; soar­ing to one suc­cess after another is now commonplace.

When it cel­e­brated its grand open­ing April 10, 2010, Morgan’s Won­der­land became the world’s first theme park designed with special-​needs indi­vid­u­als in mind and built for everyone’s enjoy­ment. The com­pletely wheelchair-​accessible park fea­tures more than 25 ele­ments includ­ing rides, play­grounds and other col­or­ful attrac­tions. From the very begin­ning, any­one with a spe­cial need has been admit­ted free of charge, no ques­tions asked.

It is Morgan’s fer­vent hope that every­one with a spe­cial need – young and older, healthy or ail­ing, intro­spec­tive or out­go­ing – will be touched in a very spe­cial way by Morgan’s Won­der­land: a shrine of inclu­sion, an oasis of friend­ship, an unfor­get­table wonderland…Morgan’s Wonderland!

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Our vision is to estab­lish a spe­cial place where smiles and laugh­ter lead to won­der­ful mem­o­ries with fam­ily mem­bers, friends and care­givers. We want Morgan’s Won­der­land to be a place where the com­mon ele­ment of play cre­ates an atmos­phere of inclu­sion for those with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties, encour­ag­ing every­one to gain a greater under­stand­ing of one another.

Morgan’s Won­der­land is just like any other theme park except for a cul­ture and envi­ron­ment that assures 100 per­cent enjoy­ment by every per­son who enters through the Wel­come Cen­ter. Unfor­tu­nately, count­less chil­dren and adults with spe­cial needs do not have access to facil­i­ties that enable them to fully enjoy out­door recre­ation. Morgan’s Won­der­land has begun to change that.

And now there is a fab­u­lous water park for the enjoy­ment of all as well. Mor­gan Hartman’s par­ents also estab­lished a school nearby for peo­ple with spe­cial needs between the ages of 12 to 24 where they can learn skills that will help them ful­fill their poten­tials, and they are involved with adap­tive sports and phys­i­cal reha­bil­i­ta­tion services.

The admis­sion prices to both parks for non-​disabled peo­ple are very rea­son­able and mil­i­tary dis­counts are offered. Morgan’s parks also host live enter­tain­ment and spe­cial events. May Morgan’s parks enjoy long and suc­cess­ful futures, and may they inspire oth­ers around the coun­try and around the world to cre­ate sim­i­lar projects. Fun with­out bar­ri­ers, what a beau­ti­ful concept!

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MJ Steven­son, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla​.com. She lives in a wood­land shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her fam­ily and a large pack of guardian com­pan­ion ani­mals.

There is a brand new water park in San Antonio, Texas, that is designed to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of physical limitations or other special needs a person may have. Via Sunny Skyz:

Morgan’s Inspiration Island in San Antonio, Texas, is making sure kids with disabilities don’t miss out on all the fun this summer.

Every section of the the new water park is wheelchair accessible and guests with special needs are admitted at no cost.

Other features of Morgan’s Inspiration Island include waterproof RFID (radio-frequency identification) wristbands so parents can keep track of their kids, a seven-story lighthouse and a water play area called Rainbow Reef, which has water that can be warmed for guests with sensitivity to cold.

In a press release, owner Gordon Hartman said the team behind Inspiration Island consulted with water park professionals, doctors and experts in special education and special needs, as well as received input from local teachers, parents and caregivers.

The park also offers private areas for guests to transfer out of their personal wheelchairs to waterproof ones.

“We recently unveiled with the University of Pittsburgh revolutionary new wheelchairs propelled by compressed air,” Gordon said. “Our guests in expensive battery-powered wheelchairs can’t afford to get them wet, so we have special Morgan’s Inspiration Island PneuChairs.”

They really did try to think of everything a person with special needs might need to be able to enjoy this unique water park, including providing water proof undergarments – free of charge – for people who may need them.

The fully handicapped accessible water park was preceded by Morgan’s Wonderland, which is an amusement park that was designed to be enjoyed by people with and without special needs, after the parents of Morgan Hartman noticed that Morgan, who has physical and cognitive limitations, wanted to be with other kids at a hotel pool, but the able bodied kids appeared to be uneasy about playing with a special needs child. So Morgan’s parents decided to make a place where all kinds of kids could come together and have fun, in the spirit of friendship and inclusion:

The tipping point occurred in 2005 when Gordon observed Morgan wanting to play with other vacationing kids at a hotel swimming pool, but the kids were leery of Morgan and didn’t want to interact with her.  Then and there, Gordon resolved to create opportunities and places where those with and without disabilities can come together not only for fun but also for a better understanding of one another.  That led to the construction of Morgan’s Wonderland in an abandoned quarry in Northeast San Antonio.  It’s apropos that the butterfly is the symbol of this unique theme park; soaring to one success after another is now commonplace.

When it celebrated its grand opening April 10, 2010, Morgan’s Wonderland became the world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment.  The completely wheelchair-accessible park features more than 25 elements including rides, playgrounds and other colorful attractions.  From the very beginning, anyone with a special need has been admitted free of charge, no questions asked.

It is Morgan’s fervent hope that everyone with a special need – young and older, healthy or ailing, introspective or outgoing – will be touched in a very special way by Morgan’s Wonderland:  a shrine of inclusion, an oasis of friendship, an unforgettable wonderland…Morgan’s Wonderland!

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Our vision is to establish a special place where smiles and laughter lead to wonderful memories with family members, friends and caregivers.  We want Morgan’s Wonderland to be a place where the common element of play creates an atmosphere of inclusion for those with and without disabilities, encouraging everyone to gain a greater understanding of one another.

Morgan’s Wonderland is just like any other theme park except for a culture and environment that assures 100 percent enjoyment by every person who enters through the Welcome Center.  Unfortunately, countless children and adults with special needs do not have access to facilities that enable them to fully enjoy outdoor recreation.  Morgan’s Wonderland has begun to change that.

And now there is a fabulous water park for the enjoyment of all as well. Morgan Hartman’s parents also established a school nearby for people with special needs between the ages of 12 to 24 where they can learn skills that will help them fulfill their potentials, and they are involved with adaptive sports and physical rehabilitation services.

The admission prices to both parks for non-disabled people are very reasonable and military discounts are offered. Morgan’s parks also host live entertainment and special events. May Morgan’s parks enjoy long and successful futures, and may they inspire others around the country and around the world to create similar projects. Fun without barriers, what a beautiful concept!

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals.