This Water Park in San Antonio is Designed for Differently Abled Children
This San Antonio water park is making a huge splash this summer a park designed for children with special needs.
Morgan’s Inspiration Island is an extension of Morgan’s Wonderland, a park known to have activities for visitors of all ages and abilities. Just like Wonderland, all areas of the Inspiration Island water park are wheelchair-accessible. Guests with special needs are also admitted at no cost.
The creation of both parks was inspired by couple Gordan and Maggie Hartman, whose daughter Morgan experiences physical and cognitive challenges.
“We decided to call it Morgan’s Inspiration Island because Morgan truly has been the catalyst for every project we’ve pursued to help the special-needs community,” Gordon said in a press release.
Morgan’s Inspiration Island was part of a 17-million dollar project and includes waterproof RFID (radio-frequency identification) wristbands for parents to keep track of their kids’ whereabouts, a seven-story lighthouse, and a water play area called Rainbow Reef, which includes a water heating feature for guests that may be sensitive to cold.
According to Gordon, the entire team behind Inspiration Island came together and heard advice from a number of sources including water park professionals, doctors and experts in special education and special needs, as well as from local teachers, parents and caregivers.
It’s truly amazing to see how a team can collaborate and use input from experts in so many different areas to piece together such a one-of-a-kind theme park!
Together with the University of Pittsburgh, the park also features air-powered waterproof wheelchairs for visitors to use instead of their personal ones.
With these special features and newest attractions, the team at Morgan’s Inspiration Island stays committed to helping guests have a worry-free, splash-full time!
“Morgan’s Inspiration Island promises to give individuals with physical or cognitive special needs a place where they can splash and play without barriers.” — Gordon Hartman