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Joyland Park (Wichita, KS) - Part 2 This week, I finish the second half of the Joyland Park story. Joyland came under new management, and the park began a series of ups and downs much like its famous rollercoaster prior to the park's ultimate closure. There are good moments (new rides, like the Log Jam and Whacky Shack) and bad moments (deaths.
Jan 5, 2017 - 1949-2004 Joyland Amusement Park was a former amusement park in Wichita, Kansas. It was in continuous operation for 55 years, from June 12, 1949 to 2004.(citation needed) The park was once the largest theme park in central Kansas and featured a wooden roller coaster. Today the site is abandoned, and most buildings and rides have been vandalized.
Whoa OP, thanks for the pics. I lived in Newton, KS from 1990-1991, and I vaguely remember going to Joyland, as it was the big amusement park in the area. I still have a very vivid mental picture of coming up over the top of the hill on that coaster as a 6 year old. Sad to see Joyland didn't make it, but hopefully someone reboots it soon.
The old Joyland site on South Hillside is a shell of its former self. The amusement park at 2801 S. Hillside, which closed in 2006, has seen its fair share of vandalism, arson, theft and all sorts.
At Joyland, we understand that God really does love everyone and wants them to know His love, forgiveness, and Father's heart of affection (1 Timothy 2:3-4). We have learned that God the Father has been set free to love us the way he always wanted to (but at times past has been limited in expressing due to our sins and covenant-breaking ways). But we live in a new day-more importantly-a New.
The sign marking Joyland's entrance is one of several pieces that were sold to The Historic Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County in 2010 by current owner Margaret Spear. The organization has begun removing the pieces from the deteriorating amusement park.