Morgan’s Inspiration Island Wins Leading Edge Award from World Waterpark Association

Bob McCullough |

SAN ANTONIO – New, ultra-accessible Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park has been honored with the Leading Edge Award from the World Waterpark Association (WWA) at the organization’s 37th annual symposium in West Palm Beach, Fla.

WWA lauded non-profit Morgan’s Inspiration Island not only for the park’s design that fully accommodates those with special needs but also for its revolutionary waterproof wheelchairs developed in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh.

“We greatly appreciate WWA’s recognition of Morgan’s Inspiration Island and its emphasis on inclusion,” said Gordon Hartman, head of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, who also spearheaded creation of unique Morgan’s Wonderland theme park.  “Our goal for both Morgan’s Inspiration Island and Morgan’s Wonderland is to bring together those with and without special needs for fun and a greater understanding of one another.  We strive to provide a great guest experience in a safe, clean, not-overly-crowded environment free of physical and economic barriers.  This includes admitting anyone with a special need free of charge.”

The Leading Edge Award comes on the heels of Morgan’s Wonderland being proclaimed “Park of the Year” in the prestigious 2017 Golden Ticket Awards sponsored by Amusement Today, an internationally-known publication that has covered the amusement industry for the past two decades.

Located next to Morgan’s Wonderland in what once was a rock quarry, Morgan’s Inspiration Island features five major tropically-themed splash pads, the River Boat Adventure ride and support facilities such as the Wheelchair Valet, where guests can transfer out of their battery-powered wheelchairs into waterproof wheelchairs for maximum aquatic fun.  The park officially opened June 17, 2017, and immediately attracted international media attention.  Currently closed for the fall and winter months, Morgan’s Inspiration Island will reopen next spring when warm weather returns.

Morgan’s Wonderland, now in its eighth season, has attracted more than a million guests from all 50 states and 69 other countries.  The unique and colorful theme park features more than 25 attractions including wheelchair-accessible rides, playscapes, gardens, an 8-acre catch-and-release fishing lake, 575-seat amphitheater, picnic area and rest areas.

Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island are located in Northeast San Antonio at 5223 David Edwards Drive, a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive.   More information including operating schedules, admissions and special events can be found at

WWA is a water-leisure trade association serving more than 1,000 water park and supplier members representing 50 countries.  For more information, visit  


Photo Caption: New, ultra-accessible Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park, designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment, has won the World Waterpark Association’s Leading Edge Award. 
Photo Credit: Robin Jerstad.