Why are you doing this?
Alex- I personally love Joyland and have realized that
many other Wichitans do as well. In this community, I have always wanted to
give back in one way or another and that is exactly what I am trying to do
here. Not only will I, along with the rest of the team, be restoring a park
that many people want back so badly, but we will be benefiting the local
economy and people at the same time. This is a way to restore everyone’s
memories and also a way for me to thank the community for everything that
they’ve done for me.
Kira- I remember being at Joyland so many times as a
kid, I want other kids to be able to enjoy the day with their families like
I did, I want to go back there with my family to make new memories and
cherish my old memories.
Jessica- I want to support my friends and I see a lot
of heart and a lot of reason behind bringing Joyland back to Wichita- and I
want to ride the roller coaster again
What will happen to the park and when will it happen?
Barbed wire fencing will be installed around the
perimeter of the park and parking lot first in order to protect our
investments. The park will then be cleared of any debris that may be harmful
to volunteers working in the park. The skating rink and offices will be
under construction while this is taking place in order to reopen the skating
rink before the park. Missing rides will be replaced and new rides will come
in to the park as well. After that, we will be landscaping the property in
preparation to reopen it by Easter weekend of 2013 with Joyland’s yearly
Easter Egg Hunt. The midway that everyone knows as Joyland, will always be
there, once expansions begin the Classic Joyland Park will remain the same,
and new will be brought in around it.
How can I help?
Right now everyone can help us by simply ‘liking’ our
Facebook page and/or purchasing a t-shirt and wristband from our website
under the Shopping tab. Also, anyone can feel free to fill out the volunteer
form on our website as well. Sadly, we cannot have any volunteer clean up
days until we purchase the park which will hopefully be sometime soon!
What will change?
The original Joyland Midway will remain the same except
changes in scenery, restaurants, and things of that nature. A few rides have
been sold over the past few years, but we will replace them with new rides
or something similar to what was once there. After Joyland has reopened, we
look into constantly expanding the park so that attendance levels stay high.
What will stay the same?
The midway (for the most part), along with classic
icons of Joyland including: the Roller Coaster, Whacky Shack, and the Log
Jam. We are hoping to keep the original sign as it does not meet current
Wichita sign regulations so it would have to be grandfathered in, and we
will also make a Louie replica and find some form of organ for him to play.
Where will the money go if the project doesn’t succeed?
Since the project is being ran by a non-profit, if it
does not succeed, the money will go to other local non-profit organizations
who seek to better our community.
What rides are missing?
The Round-Up, Zumur (swings), the Paratrooper, and the
Where is Louie?
Our beloved Louie the clown who played the Wurlitzer
has been kidnapped. There have been several statements that he is in
different places of the country, but hopefully we can get him back or make a
replica of him! Joyland wouldn’t be the same without him.
What happens to the money Joyland makes?
The money that Joyland generates will be split up into
a few different categories. First of all, the employees and bills will be
paid. After that for the first few years, the money will stay in an account
that will go towards the maintaining of the park along with future
expansions. Then once it has gained enough popularity to be generating
enough money, some proceeds will go to other local non-profit organizations
that seek to benefit our community.