Joyland’s death probably was assured the moment it closed in 2006. Still, it was fun to root for the old amusement park and its wooden roller coaster as volunteers tried to raise awareness and money to give Joyland another life. The removal of its iconic sign and folding of the nonprofit restoration group in recent days have dashed any lingering hopes for the park, though. Thanks are due owner Margaret Nelson Spear for donating the merry-go-round to Botanica, and to the Historic Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County for stepping in to save some of the park’s most memorable signage. Now the community can start hoping that the vandalized, decaying property at 2801 S. Hillside will find a positive new use.
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