April 12, 2017
SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Senate has unanimously approved a resolution submitted by Sen. Donna Campbell to honor Morgan’s Wonderland on its efforts to assist those with special needs.
“We are truly grateful to Senator Campbell for this tremendous recognition,” said Gordon Hartman, founder of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation and creator with wife Maggie of Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment. “The resolution passed by the Senate underscores what we’re all about – bringing together those with and without disabilities in a safe, fun, barrier-free atmosphere of inclusion.”
Senator Campbell’s resolution states:
“WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to recognize Morgan’s Wonderland for its exceptional work in support of those in the community with special needs; and
“WHEREAS, Morgan’s Wonderland is a theme park created by The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation to promote inclusion and to help those with special needs fully enjoy the outdoors; the first theme park of its kind, Morgan’s Wonderland is located on 25 acres in Northeast San Antonio and offers family fun for people of all ages and abilities; and
“WHEREAS, This unique park is named in honor of Morgan Hartman, whose soaring spirit in the face of physical and cognitive challenges inspired her parents to create a haven, not only for those with special needs, but also for their families, caregivers and friends; and
“WHEREAS, The park is completely wheelchair-accessible and features more than 25 elements, including rides, playgrounds, gardens, a catch-and-release fishing lake, an amphitheater and picnic areas; soon to open in 2017 is Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park; the park also works closely with the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA and with South Texas Regional Adaptive and Paralympic Sports to offer further opportunities for those with special needs; and
“WHEREAS, Another of the park’s special offerings is The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, a nationally-accredited non-profit learning center that enables special-needs students to achieve their maximum potential; it is truly fitting that this exceptional theme park receive special recognition for its dedication to its mission and for its great success; now, therefore, be it
“RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 85th Legislature, hereby commend Morgan’s Wonderland for its commitment to inclusion and opportunity for all and extend to The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation best wishes for continued success; and, be it further
“RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for Morgan’s Wonderland as an expression of esteem from the Texas Senate.”
Senator Campbell, a board-certified emergency room physician, lives in New Braunfels and represents Senate District 25, a six-county area that includes parts of San Antonio and Austin. In 2012, she became the 15th woman elected to serve in the Texas Senate.