April 30, 2018
WHO: David Zurfluh, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America; Robert Luna, president and CEO of Luna Middleman Architects of San Antonio; Gordon Hartman, founder of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation.
WHAT: Paralyzed Veterans of America will present its 2018 Barrier-Free America Award to Luna Middleman Architects for ultra-accessible Morgan’s Wonderland theme park and new Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park. Both were designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
WHERE: Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78233 (at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive a half-mile west of IH 35 in Northeast San Antonio).
WHY: To recognize the unique parks’ cutting-edge, wheelchair-accessible designs that give paralyzed veterans and others with special needs unfettered access.
ETC.: Non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland features an array of more than 25 rides, playgrounds, gardens and other attractions. Last year, it was proclaimed “Park of the Year” in the prestigious Golden Ticket Awards presented by Amusement Today. Morgan’s Wonderland also hosts STRAPS (South Texas Regional Adaptive and Paralympic Sports), which offers recreational and competitive sports for physically-challenged athletes. For more information, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com.
Tropically-themed Morgan’s Inspiration Island offers five major splash pads, the River Boat Adventure ride and revolutionary waterproof wheelchairs developed in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh. The park made its official debut last June 17.
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For more than 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America has ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans of America also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
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