Posts Tagged ‘special needs’

Morgan’s Wonderland — Background info

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

“The inspiration for Morgan’s Wonderland originated in 2006 when philanthropist Gordon Hartman observed a poignant occurrence involving his daughter Morgan, a child with special needs, and a group of other children. All were on vacation splashing in a hotel swimming pool. Morgan appeared as if she wanted to take part in the fun, and the others exhibited similar interest in interacting with Morgan. Unfortunately, the connection never materialized.

Hartman thought then and there how wonderful it would be to create a special place for special friends. It would be an environment for inclusion and understanding. It would be an oasis for those needing a safe place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Hartman quickly learned that millions of children and adults with cognitive and physical challenges generally do not have access to facilities specifically established to assist them in enjoying outdoor activities.

Thus, Morgan’s Wonderland began with a desire to re-image the possibilities of what an inclusive park could be, if everyone were free to soar beyond their perceived limitations. This colorful and ultra-accessible 25-acre park serves as a haven not only for those with special needs but also for their families, friends and the entire community.” (accessed from the Morgan’s Wonderland website: http://www.MorgansWonderland.com)

For those of you out there who are curious how this project was financed, there is an interesting description of that on the site as well: Hartman developed a large athletic complex that, through the funds brought in for the activities in this venue, provided initial monies for the purchase of land and other features for Morgan’s Wonderland.

Friends who keep abreast of the latest news in accessibility and children’s environments told me about Morgan’s Wonderland when it opened to the public. It wasn’t until I was scheduled to visit San Antonio for the National Trampoline Competition in July and I was searching for places to visit there that I reconnected with Morgan’s Wonderland.

In the next few days, I’ll go over some of my observations of this unique children’s environment. If you have visited this place (or other places) and would like to add your comments, that would be so neat!!

Tomorrow: Accent on Security (no, not National types).

Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Last month (July), when I was attending the National Trampoline Competition in this lovely city (San Antonio), I also got to visit Morgan’s Wonderland. This is a play environment for children of all abilities and ages (0 – 100+). It has a number of playgrounds, including water tables, sand areas, swings, slides and other play equipment, a carousel, train, off-road vehicles, fishing, model boats and more! Here is the link to my Facebook Page to connect you with a variety of photos.

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