“Every child, everybody in San Antonio ought to come to these parks. There’s something that’s different here, and it’s a positive difference,” Hartman, told mySA at the opening celebrations Saturday.
The new park, Morgan's Inspiration Island, is a branch of the original Morgan's Wonderland, located in northeast San Antonio. Accommodations for disabled visitors are seamless, including rides that easily lock in wheelchairs, shallow pools, 92-degree water for people who need higher temperatures, light signals for those who can't hear and audio signals for those who can't see.
The park also provides state-of-the-art wheelchairs that are completely splash-ready and waterproof. They are lighter than traditional ones and run on compressed air instead of batteries, so visitors can immerse themselves underneath waterfalls.
Another bonus: the parks are 501(c)(3) non-profits and admission for special needs people is completely free.
Hartman's goal of creating a place where the "common element of play" for people with and without disabilities has been a popular concept. Since its opening, Morgan's Wonderland has attracted 1 million visitors from across the world. And on Saturday, 600 people attended the opening of Inspiration Island.