World’s First Ultra Accessible Splash Park To Open In Texas
A press release:
Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park has recently broke grounds in San Antonio, Texas, as part of Morgan’s Wonderland, a 25 acres accessible amusement park for children and adults with special cognitive and physical needs. The park is due for completion in Spring 2017.
The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation has for the past two years been working with water park consultants from Texas, Arizona, Florida and even Canada as well as local doctors and special-needs therapists to design a tropically themed paradise inspired by company CEO Gordon Hartman’s 22-year-old daughter, Morgan, who deals with both cognitive and physical challenges.
Morgan’s Inspiration Island – like Morgan’s Wonderland – will concentrate on inclusion and inspire guests with special needs to do things previously thought to be impossible. Those without disabilities and those with, including individuals in wheelchairs and guests with hearing and visual impairments, will be able to play alongside each other and gain a greater understanding of each other.
The River Boat Adventure ride will twist and turn more than an eighth of a mile through a jungle setting with bird and animal sounds in the background. Five water play areas – Hang 10 Harbor, Rainbow Reef, Shipwreck Island, Castaway Bay and Calypso Cove – will offer a variety of splashy elements such as raintrees, falls, pools, geysers, jets, water cannons and tipping buckets. Just like Morgan’s Wonderland, every element will be wheelchair-accessible, and waterproof wristbands with RFID technology will be available so parents can go to a Location Station and easily ascertain the whereabouts of their children and other members of their party.
The park planners are working with university researchers to develop special waterproof wheelchairs so that guests in expensive motorized wheelchairs don’t get them wet. They are planning on having special Morgan’s Inspiration Island wheelchairs available along with spacious private areas where guests can be lifted out of their wheelchairs into our waterproof wheelchairs.
The splash park has been designed with water conservation in mind. Water used in the various play elements will be continuously filtered and recirculated, and it will be stored in huge underground tanks when the park is not in operation.
The latest information on Morgan’s Wonderland admissions, operating days/hours of operation and special events/celebrations can be found at www.MorgansWonderland.com. The 25-acre theme park is located at 5223 David Edwards Drive in Northeast San Antonio a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive.
Featuring more than 25 wheelchair-accessible attractions including rides, playgrounds and gardens, Morgan’s Wonderland is the centre of a family fun destination known as Wonderland, Texas. The destination also includes Toyota Field, the 8,000-seat home of the San Antonio Scorpions pro soccer team; the STAR Soccer Complex for tournament and league play; and The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland (www.MorgansWonderland.academy).
The newest addition to Wonderland, Texas is the CRIT (Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletónUSA), which serves children with neuromusculo skeletal disabilities ages 18 and younger. Go to www.CRITUSA.org for more details.
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