A Texas dad opened an amusement park for his daughter with special needs after realizing that other theme parks in the area just didn’t suit her.
Gordon Hartman began building the $15 million theme park, “Morgan’s Wonderland,” in 2007.
The park is named after his daughter Morgan, who has a severe cognitive and physical delay as well as a form of autism.
The park opened in 2010.
The 25-acre park has 26 different activities. It features a wheelchair-accessible Ferris wheel and carousel, as well as a miniature train.
Hartman said he came up with the idea in 2006 when he visited a swimming pool with Morgan. His daughter, who was then 12, attempted to play with some kids in the pool, but instead of engaging with her, they quickly left the pool.
The loving dad began thinking of places he could take Morgan. He thought of Disney, but knew parks of that nature were too noisy and crowded for her.
So the dad decided to build the world’s first “ultra-accessible theme park.”
More recently, they added a water park to the place, Morgan’s Inspirational Island. It opened seven weeks ago.
The waterpark, which cost another $17 million dollars to build, uses warm water in some of its areas to help visitors with muscular problems. Waterproof, motorized wheelchairs are also provided for those who need them.
Sir Peter Blake’s boat has returned to New Zealand for the first time in 16 years.
The Tara, pictured here, used to be Sir Peter Blake’s boat Seamaster.
Sir Peter, 53, was shot and killed on Seamaster by pirates on the Amazon River in late 2001, while on an expedition to raise environmental awareness for at-risk regions.
Now named Tara, the boat made its way to the Auckland Viaduct over the weekend.
The two-masted schooner is on its way to a coral reef study in the Pacific.
Sir Peter, who was knighted in 1995, was one of this country’s most celebrated yachtsmen.
As well as winning the Whitbread Round the World Race and Jules Verne Trophy, he was part of the team that won the America’s Cup with ‘Black Magic’ in 1995 – and successfully defended it during the next series.