World's First All-Accessible Splash Park Opens in Texas
You read that right - the world's first water park made entirely for guests of all abilities opened in San Antonio, Texas, this summer. Morgan's Inspiration Island, which is a part of the Morgan's Wonderland theme park, admits anyone with a special need free of charge.
Inspiration Island opened June 17, 2017, and overlooks Wonderland's eight-acre fishing lake. The $17-million water park features a seven-story lighthouse with a rotating beacon and has rides for kids of all ages, like the River Boat Adventure and numerous splash and play areas.
“Like Morgan’s Wonderland, Morgan’s Inspiration Island is not a special-needs park; it’s a park of inclusion,” said founder Gordon Hartman in a press release.
Hartman is the founder of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, which is the nonprofit behind the Wonderland theme park and now Inspiration Island.
Both parks have wheelchair accessible rides and utilize a wristband safety system to help parents; waterproof wristbands are given to children so caregivers can visit a Location Station to easily track down members of their party. (I need this for my toddlers in every new store/park/restaurant we visit.)
There are also Morgan's Inspiration Island PneuChairs available at a first-come, first-served basis for guests who cannot afford to get their battery-powered wheelchairs wet. Traditional push strollers are available to rent as well.
The park is open daily until mid-August, and then is open only on weekends through September. To make check-in easier, guests can purchase tickets online.
To read more about Morgan's Wonderland, which opened in 2010, and its additional efforts to support individuals with special needs, check out its website. But all of this to say, it seems like we've added another reason to our list to schedule a family road trip to San Antonio!
All photos courtesy Morgan's Wonderland/Robin Jerstad - Jerstad Photographics