Everyone Can Play

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News September 2018

An architecture firm’s work designing a unique and accessible theme park and water park in Texas earned it this year’s PVA Barrier-Free America Award.

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Gordon Hartman had no way to know that his daughter’s simple request to go swimming would reshape the way he saw his life and plant the seed for a new career path that would enrich the lives of thousands of people, including his daughter. Thirteen years after that swim, and nine years after opening Morgan’s Wonderland and Inspiration Island in San Antonio, Hartman’s idea of creating a theme park for people of all ages and abilities has touched an estimated 1.4 million people from 50 states and 70 countries. 

Hartman says he wanted to build “a park of inclusion,” and the job of designing that inclusive park went to San Antonio-based Luna Middleman Architects. Their work in bringing Hartman’s unique, accessible and fully inclusive vision to life earned them Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) 2018 Barrier-Free America Award.

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