Thanks to our year-round great Texas weather, San Antonio is well-known for its many outdoor attractions and parks. That renown just grew thanks to one of the world’s greatest honors having been bestowed upon one of the area’s funnest and most inspirational attractions: San Antonio’s own Morgan’s Inspiration Island has been named to TIME Magazine’s first annual World’s Greatest Places list that just hit newsstands this week. What will the honor mean for the park and our city?
TIME’s World’s Greatest Places list solicited nominations from around the world in several categories such as parks, restaurants, hotels, museums, and theme parks. Editors, industry experts, and citizen correspondents submitted entries which were then judged based on factors such as quality, originality, innovation, sustainability, and community influence. San Antonio’s Morgan’s Inspiration Island was chosen based on its reflective and inclusive design choices which were made to ensure all children have a place to play and be inspired.
Morgan’s Inspiration Island is named after founder Gordon Hartman’s daughter who was born with physical and cognitive disabilities. The Hartmans designed and opened the theme park in 2010 to be a place where children and adults of all abilities can have a safe and welcoming place to play. All areas are wheelchair-accessible, water features have different temperature water, and the entire park is designed so that everybody can play together. Today, the park is a favorite even among guests without any special needs at all.
“We’re truly gratified to receive this international recognition from such a well-known publication as TIME,” said Ron Morander, general manager of Morgan’s Inspiration Island and unique Morgan’s Wonderland theme park. “It’s wonderful that TIME understands our emphasis on inclusion, bringing together those with and without special needs in a safe, colorful, barrier-free environment to have fun and, in so doing, to gain a better understand of each other.”
Morgan’s Inspiration Island will be open on weekends through September 16th, after which it will close until next spring. Check out one of TIME Magazine’s world’s greatest places while you can!