A THEME PARK

FOR EVERY BODY

A theme park for children, adults and our veterans, with mental and physical disabilities coming soon to

St. Louis, MO

Join us on our mission to bring the 2nd, fully-accessible theme park, in the world, for those of ALL abilities, to the Midwest, specially, St. Louis, Missouri.

MISSION

 INFUSION OF INCLUSION

Many of us have fond memories of visiting theme parks as children, but not everyone can be so lucky. There are children and parents all across our world that have challenge that prevent them from enjoying theme parks and activities of many kinds. Recently, a group of individuals has come together to give their time and talent to take on the monumental task of developing an amusement park specifically designed for EVERY body, including those with physical and mental  disabilities and special needs. Once built, families will visit this park without the fear of a loved one being left out of the fun. 

Learn more about what we are trying to do by

listening to an interview with Jamie Vann on

Bill Ellis's What's the Point?

About SoDP

 Spirit of Discovery Park will be located in the metro St. Louis area and will provide our guests and their families an amusement park with full access that will feature:

RIDES | DOG PARK | SENSORY AREAS | GREENHOUSE | PLAYGROUND | ARCADE | Splash pads

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Spirit of Discovery Park will offer inclusion to ALL individuals, with or without special needs, regardless of age, ability or mental acumen; a place where every feature has been designed and crafted in a way that enables them to be enjoyed by EVERY body in the park. 

 

Specifically yet not limited to those individuals and their families with Downs syndrome, Autism, PTSD, any person battling a life threatening disease and the hearing, visually, mentally and physically impaired; welcoming EVERY body  in tennis shoes to hospital beds.

Map of Them Park

Spirit of Discovery Park will further the 501©3 charitable purpose by providing those of ALL abilities and their family members an experience that is equal to that of any other child/person and the experience that child/family may have at a public facility that is NOT ultra-accessible.

 

By relying on charitable contributions to fund Spirit of Discovery Park and reinvest in it year after year, those of ALL abilities can enter for FREE, delivering reoccurring experiences and memories for EVERY BODY!

Help us build this park.

With your help, we can truly change the world together.

Please remember, all it takes a bunch of people pulling on the same rope.  Will you pull with us?

"Why I support Spirit of Discovery Park."

SoDP Advisory Board Member John O'Leary

Speaker - Author - Entrepreneur 

Would you like to review our legal status?

Simply click our GuideStar seal.

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Estimated TOTAL Cost

 $35  MILLION 

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In order to make our SoDP a reality, we will to first perform an economic and feasibility study and solidify key relationships. We also need to develop 3-D renderings, architectural drawings, conceptual art work, websites and videos before we can begin fully fundraising. 

Upfront Cost

 $125,000 

These items will be used to make presentations to city governments, elected officials, business owners, corporations, and philanthropists. SoDP plans to raise these funds through various outlets including grants, fundraisers, and community outreach programs. Corporate campaigning will continue through social media and face-to-face networking, delivering the message that people of ALL disabilities and special needs deserve a place.

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 Once SoDP is in place, we will proudly and prominently display our supportive donors; recognizing EVERY donation received.

 IN THE NEWS 
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Jamie Vann - Dream Big - Act Now!

Jamie Vann is a creative, energetic personality paying it forward by building the second fully accessible amusement park in the World, right here in in St. Louis.

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2018 Voice of Caring: SoDP

St. Louis Recreation Development Group, Inc. began its efforts to bring life to Spirit of Discovery Park, a radically inclusive amusement park located in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area in February of 2016...

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Kick Ass Chick Interview 106.5 the Arch

Jamie Vann speaks about SoDP!

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St. Louis Plays Its Inaugural Blind Hockey Game

Watch the first game played for every BODY! 

Watch here
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A Theme Park for Every(body): Jamie and Jeff Vann on the creation of Spirit of Discovery Park

Missouri State article about SoDP!

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St. Louis CNR

St. Louis Recreation Development Group, Inc., a St. Louis-based not-for-profit and 501©3, announces Spirit of Discovery Park.

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Blind hockey takes root in St. Louis

Article about BBHC By Tracey Myers

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Find Your Fit™ Episode #41 Blind Hockey Edition

Jeff Vann interviewed about the new Blues Blind Hockey Club

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The Charlie Brennan Show

A new amusement park is in the talks for the St. Louis area. Jamie Vann discusses Spirit of Discovery Park with Charlie in studio.

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Jamie Vann on The Weekly Yes, And Podcast

Listen to an interview with board member Jamie Vann on the Weekly Yes, And Podcast with Travis Thomas!

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Interview with Jeff Vann on KMOX! 

Listen to SoDP board member Jeff Vann speak about the Blues Blind Hockey Club! 

Listen here

SoDP's Community Partners

"We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams,

but now we're too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming.

We should always have dreams."  - Herb Brooks

SoDP is honored and grateful for our Community Partners who have supported our dream!