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Swings in Playground

Place of Inclusion: One-of-a-kind Playground for Every Kid

In San Antonio, Texas a unique park has been created with the goal of uniting people young and old with the common element of play.

Inspired by a young girl with physical disabilities, Morgan’s Wonderland creates an atmosphere where people can safely enjoy time with family and friends, regardless of any physical or mental disability.

This 25 acre park caters especially towards people with special needs and provides for guests a first-class area where people can relax and have fun.

Accommodating Every Person

Swings in PlaygroundMorgan’s Wonderland is an interactive and inclusive park where people with special needs and their family and friends can interact and enjoy all aspects of play. Traditionally, parks are designed and built, then accommodations are made for people with physical or mental limitations. Morgan’s Wonderland was not created this way: all obstacles were identified first, with its design following second. The entire park is accessible, safe, and fun for people of all ages.

This recreation area leads the way in providing inclusive, family orientated activities. In 2007, the Gordon Hartman Family Foundation created Sports Outdoor and Recreation (SOAR) as a non-profit organization to raise money and provide administration for the park. Fundraising came from many sources, including the City of San Antonio, the State of Texas, family and friends, and various charities and corporations.

In just a few short years, Morgan’s Wonderland opened with the mission to “provide a safe, clean, beautiful environment free of economic barriers for special needs individuals of all ages.”

Features of Morgan’s Wonderland

Carousel RideThe park has many attractions that can be enjoyed by every person:

  • an event area and gymnasium with basketball, volley ball, and tennis access
  • an interactive sensory area that includes a theater, horse stable, fix-it shop, grocery store, and a television station
  • accessible 1930s style train
  • amphitheater
  • accessible cars that travel a track throughout the park
  • carousel
  • wharf
  • 8 acre lake with fishing access
  • accessible playgrounds and wheelchair/adaptive swings
  • water park area
  • picnic area
  • garden
  • sand pit
  • music garden
  • various pavilions and rest areas

Morgan’s Wonderland is the first “ultra-accessible family fun park” of its kind in the world. Individuals with special needs are admitted with no cost, and other guests to the park are charged a nominal entrance fee.

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