Children naturally enjoy having a fun time together on a playground. But, it’s not so easy for children with physical or cognitive challenges. Now, Southside ISD Superintendent Mr. Rolando Ramirez is exploring opportunities to establish an all-inclusive park for the District’s children and families.
On Friday, Sept. 18, the founder and executive team from Morgan’s Wonderland met with Superintendent Ramirez at the North East San Antonio park.
District officials received a tour of the world’s first ultra-accessible park which opened in 2007.
The park is named for Hartman’s daughter, Morgan, who has physical and cognitive challenges. Hartman developed the park after seeing children at a hotel swimming pool leery of interacting with Morgan. Consequently, that event led to the creation of Morgan’s Wonderland; a place where everyone can have fun.
Hartman views the all-inclusive park as an opportunity for children who’ve never been exposed to children with special needs as an opportunity to learn understanding, compassion, and empathy.
“Only 25 percent of park visitors have special needs,” said park founder Gordon Hartman. The park allows people to enjoy something as simple, yet liberating, like swinging.
“To see the rides accessible to all of our students is something we take front granted and should be available everywhere,” said Superintendent Ramirez.
The District would like to establish an all-inclusive park for children. If you would like to assist, please contact Superintendent Rolando Ramirez at 210-882-1600 EXT. 5125.