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Old 06-17-2009, 07:23 AM
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I heard Gordon Hartman on the radio this morning describing his current project. He describes Morgan's Wonderland as a "Disneyland" for those with special needs. It's a 25-acre attraction that's being built at Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks, next to the new NEISD stadium.

The website has more details:

Morgan's Wonderland - The World's Largest Park for Children and Adults with Special Needs

It'll be the first park of its kind in the world, which will be something that San Antonio boosters can take some pride in.

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Old 06-17-2009, 07:37 AM
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They're on Facebook, too, for you facebookers.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:00 AM
 
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That is AWESOME!!!
Thanks for the link.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:05 AM
 
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We drove by this the other day. It is so fantastic!! As a special ed. teacher, I'm going to tell everyone about it!

**Had to come back to add that it's FREE!! I'm signing up to volunteer.

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Old 06-17-2009, 08:36 AM
 
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thanks so much for the link bowie --- my eyes watered when i read it was completely free, but when i saw the picture of the kids with the Thank You signs, i lost it...

it is just so wonderful and amazing that Mr. Hartman has taken on this project and i am sure he will be blessed many times over...
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:49 AM
 
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I always wondered if he had a special needs child. I think I have forwarded this to everyone I know. Thanks for posting!!
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:43 AM
 
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I remember hearing about this when it was in its talking stages and more like a "rumor" in the special needs family circles - to see now that it is becoming a reality is such a beautiful thing! Gordon & Maggie Hartman are two of the most selfless, caring, and giving people in this entire city. They have given so much of themselves to this project, both emotionally and monetarily, as well as to other programs in SA such as Christian Senior Services & Grace Place. Something like this complex really means so much to families who often times cant afford specialized treatments, therapy, and recreation for their special needs kids! Thanks so much for the link and facebook reminder!!!
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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Wow! What an incredible park!
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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We drove by this the other day. It is so fantastic!! As a special ed. teacher, I'm going to tell everyone about it!

**Had to come back to add that it's FREE!! I'm signing up to volunteer.
Thanks for the hint about volunteering! I used to work with special needs adults in my church (in a volunteer capacity - teaching Sunday School, that sort of thing), but we changed churches and I really miss working with that population.

I'm so excited about this park. What an amazing and wonderful thing!
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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I have a special needs child (cerebral pasly) and it is difficult to take him to a regular park. He is never comfortable in any of the equipment. Knowing that this park will be opening soon really is a blessing.

It is hard to believe though that this is the first park of its kind. I guess unless you have a peson with special needs in your life you dont understand how important a place like this is.

I hope this also makes San Antonio a place known for being Special Needs friendly. At the present moment we dont even have a United Cerebral Palsy organization here in town. Also we have only been able to find 2 day care facilities that are for special needs children (Respite and Brighton). You would think in a town of over a million people there would be more for those with special needs.

Again my thanks to Mr. Hartman and cant wait till he runs for Mayor.
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