Morgan’s Wonderland Sports, a $4m complex providing sports and fitness for athletes of all abilities, celebrated its grand opening on June 26 alongside the inaugural Sports Expo.
The complex is spread across 3 acres and offers 30 court or field combinations, which include 2 baseball/softball fields, 5 tennis courts and 20 pickleball courts, as well as a basketball court, football field and volleyball court.
Morgan’s Wonderland Sports also features an 8,000-square-foot pavilion and a separate stage for charity events and performances. Support facilities include special LED lighting for athletes with visual impairments and ultra-accessible restrooms.
LED lighting for athletes with visual impairments
“We had hoped to have our grand opening festivities many months ago,” said Gordon Hartman, CEO and founder of Morgan’s Wonderland. “But the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to drastically alter our plans.
“Yet it’s not too late to celebrate. We believe Morgan’s Wonderland Sports will be the site of many memorable athletic contests and a place where athletes of all ages and abilities can have lots of fun and achieve their utmost potential.”
Morgan’s Wonderland is the world’s first theme park designed and built for people with special needs. Additional attractions include Morgan’s Wonderland Camp and Morgan’s Inspiration Island – the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park.
Ultra-accessible facilities at Morgan’s Wonderland
In addition, Morgan’s Wonderland Sports is a headquarters for STRAPS (South Texas Regional Adaptive and Para Sports) and a home for the San Antonio office of Special Olympics Texas.
Morgan’s Wonderland Sports is located on land leased from the North East Independent School District (NEISD) on Thousand Oaks Drive across from Toyota Field.
Morgan’s Wonderland is completely wheelchair-accessible and features more than 25 attractions, rides, playscapes and gardens. Blooloop spoke to the park’s founder about how a dream of inclusion for his daughter lead to Morgan’s Wonderland.
Images: Morgan’s Wonderland