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Texan Builds World's First Completely Accessible Water Park
This completely inclusive water park says a lot about how we're designing our world.
Ashley Brewer
07.28.17

With all the bad in the news and media these days — it’s so refreshing to come across something positive. Not only positive but uplifting, inclusive, and progressive. These are the types of stories that we need more of in the world.

In San Antonio, Texas, the world’s first completely accessible water park opened on June 17th.

The water park is called Morgan’s Inspiration Island and it truly lives up to its name. The company doesn’t just call their water park accessible to everyone but they go so far as to call it “ultra-accessible.”

This isn’t the Morgan company’s first go-round at creating an amazing and inclusive environment for everyone — this is sister park to Morgan’s Wonderland which was the world’s first fully accessible theme park.

“Morgan’s Inspiration Island promises to give individuals with physical or cognitive special needs a place where they can splash and play without barriers,” stated Gordon Hartman, the founder of the Gordon Hartman Family Foundation.

No matter the physical or mental disability — everyone is welcome at Morgan’s Inspiration Island.

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The park is sure to be a hit — it features a river boat adventure ride, five tropical-themed water play areas, and an 8-acre catch and release fishing lake. Every part of the park is fully wheelchair accessible.

“Like Morgan’s Wonderland, Morgan’s Inspiration Island is not a special needs park; it’s a park of inclusion,” says Hartman, whose daughter Morgan was the inspiration for Inspiration Island.

It’s not recommended that people use their own wheelchairs, so they’ve come up with a solution to that problem as well. They have three models of waterproof wheelchairs that can be used, one is even a waterproof power chair that’s powered by compressed air.

People with disabilities who come to visit the park can enter free of charge.

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The park plans on being open every day through summer until mid-August; after that, the park will switch to weekends only through September when it will close for winter.

According to their website, their mission is “to provide a safe, clean and beautiful environment free of physical and economic barriers that all individuals – regardless of age, special need or disability – can come to and enjoy.” It sounds like they are certainly living up to their word.

This waterpark is groundbreaking, inspiring, and sure to bring fun and joy to so many people’s lives.

Everyone Is Welcome at the World’s First Accessible Water ParkEvery part of the park is wheelchair accessible

Posted by Disability On The Mighty on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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By Ashley Brewer
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Ashley Brewer is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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