Around the world people are fighting to make travel and public utilities more accessible for people with disabilities. But a special, all-inclusive water park opened up in Texas last week. Here, your age or ability doesn’t stop you from entering or enjoying it.
The “ultra accessible” Morgan’s Inspiration Island in San Antonio, Texas is an offshoot of the popular Morgan’s Wonderland. Like the Wonderland, also in San Antonio, every part of the water park is accessible by wheelchair. For The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, which has built both the parks, these initiatives are a tribute to his daughter Morgan who has physical and cognitive disabilities.
“Morgan’s Inspiration Island promises to give individuals with physical or cognitive special needs a place where they can splash and play without barriers. Like Morgan’s Wonderland, Morgan’s Inspiration Island is not a special-needs park. It’s a park of inclusion. Both were designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment,” said Gordon Hartman in a press release issued on the occasion of the park’s inauguration on Saturday.
The Island which spreads over an area of 8-acre has been built on an expense of $17 million. The attractions of the park include a catch-and-release fishing pond, river boat ride, five splash pads made with different themes and quiet areas for noise-sensitive kids.
Moreover, every child can enjoy the park on a specially-designed waterproof wheelchair or waterproof buggies. All kids are tied RFID-enabled wristbands, also waterproof, that can make it easier for parents to monitor them. Service animals can also enter certain areas of the water park.
Though entry is free for all special-needs kids, the park has a limited amount of space, staff and facilities. Therefore, they encourage to book a visit ahead of time on their website.