First amusement park just for the handicapped opens in Texas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/5/10

First amusement park just for the handicapped opens in Texas

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A new amusement park in Texas is catering specifically to special needs children and their families. This week, special guests got a sneak peak at the park, which will officially open in April. The 25 acre facility is located in San Antonio and includes rides, playgrounds, gardens, fishing facilities and an amphitheater.  It's touted as the "world's first" fully wheelchair accessible family fun park. The park also features Braille signs, specially designed sandboxes and rides designed for wheelchairs.  Parents say the park allows kids with special to forget about their usual worries and just have fun.

"They weren't too sure at first, sometimes they get a little shy and they get a lot of people looking at them, but here it seems to be, you know everyone is having so much fun and everyone has their own special needs so everyone is just playing and having a good time," said Mindy Rocha, the mother of a child with special needs.

Kids are also assigned special radio frequency wristbands so they can roam freely but still be located anywhere in the park.

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