Community Organization Abandons Hope Of Restoring Joyland Amusement Park

Jun 17, 2014

The Historic Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County removed the iconic Joyland sign in May to be preserved and stored.

Restore Hope Inc, a group that has worked for three years to restore the Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, is calling it quits.

Kira Johnson, who led the three-year effort, says a lack of time and money led the group to disband.

The group thanked members for their support over the years on its Facebook page. It said if donors had pre-purchased park passes, their money would be refunded.

And Restore Hope would also make donations to both the carousel restoration at Botanica and to Historic Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County. 

Joyland operated for more than six decades before closing in 2006.