Thursday, April 20, 2006

Joyland in Wichita


Here's an interesting story about the work done to reopen Joyland amusement park in Wichita. The guy in charge made a lot of money in Seattle real estate when he was young, discovered he'd rather save old amusement parks than turn them into shopping malls, got in a car accident, became a paraplegic, and now this park is his first since the accident. I've never been to Joyland (heck, I've never been to Kansas), but I hope he succeeds. Small-scale, independent amusement parks like this can bring a sense of wonder to kids, an outlet for thrills that's still good, clean fun.

5 Comments:

At Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 12:06:00 PM PDT, Anonymous nancy larue said...

Thank you for understanding what a neat thing it is that Michael Moodenbaugh is doing. It's especially nice to hear the opinion of someone that doesnt live in Wichita but can still appreciate what a fun thing it is, and how nice for our city.

 
At Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 2:22:00 PM PST, Anonymous john in wichita said...

It's interesting, he reopened, got a huge grant from the city of wichita, did no improvements and fixed nothing and the whole thing tanked. Now guess what. He has a lot of prime land for apartments and an old grant from the city to help him. What a kind deed he did.

 
At Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 11:48:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know where "John" got his info from but it is completely wrong! What huge grant from the city? The city of Wichita hasn't given them money at all. And they are still fighting for owner rights to reopen Joyland its in court now Read the paper John

 
At Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 11:52:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW Did you go to Joyland while they had it? Or look at the pictures? We were there and thats the best most improved Joyland has been in years. I can't image what they spent out of pocket for the improvements but it was more than the former owners had spent in a long time.

 
At Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 8:32:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what kind of expense they paid out of pocket. I know the sad look in Robert's daughters eyes when she got to see her daddy for the first time in a month because he didn't get to go home when he planned due to hold ups by the City of Wichita.
Grant money? Get your facts right John.
If you're looking for a theory to chew on, try the one about the Mayor of Wichita being best friends with the owner and only competition to Joyland...All Star Sports sound familiar?
Ask someone involved about the blatant lies told by the City regarding their rules and regulations. It was as if someone didn't want the park to open.
It's no wonder people here have such low moral about their City, it's choked out with thieves and lairs.

 

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