For some people, water parks are the ideal location for doing some relaxation, especially during the hot summer or after a long stressful day of work. However, most of the water parks today are inaccessible to people with mobility-related issues.
Thankfully, there’s one new water park that has been designed to deal with this kind of challenges. Enter Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first fully wheelchair-accessible water park that hopes to welcome people with disability issues through careful consideration in park design and water park experience.
Located in San Antonio, Texas, the tropical-themed Morgan’s Inspiration Island features six major attractions. These include five play areas, an accessible riverboat ride, and a wide variety of splash pads. But unlike pools, the park’s splash pads are more accessible to people with mobility-related issues, but still offer a full water experience with features like water cannons, rain curtains, and geysers. More importantly, anyone with mobility issues is welcome to the water park for free.
The tropical-themed water park, which sits above an 8-acre fishing lake, is currently run by the Gordon Hartman Foundation. Founder and disability advocate Gordon Hartman said that the park gets its name from his daughter Morgan, who has a mobility issue and uses a wheelchair. The newly introduced Morgan’s Inspiration Island has been designed with consultation with doctors, physical therapists, caregivers, school teachers, water park experts, and even parents. The water park has been tested first by special needs group before it was fully opened to the public.
According to The Lonely Planet, the Morgan's Inspiration Island is a sister site to Morgan’s Wonderland, an inclusive amusement park that was also designed by Gordon Hartman. Both water parks have been designed and run by the Gordon Hartman Foundation.
In addition, the Morgan's Inspiration Island also comes with some user-friendly technology, which allows people to enjoy a full water experience. This also means that people with sensitivity to the cold will no longer have a problem, as water temperature can now be tweaked to accommodate their need.
As for the people with mobility-related issues, the park provides some waterproof wheelchairs that run on compression instead of electricity. The Morgan’s park also offers waterproof GPS-enabled wristband, which allows parents to track their kids while on the water park. The park also offers plenty of spacious private areas for relaxation or attending private works.
Finally, the Morgan’s Inspiration Island also has a strict water conservation policy, so people won’t need to worry about environment or water conservation issues.
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