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Gracie Dean
04-10-2009, 04:13 PM
the park has been closed for 2 years.

If I ever won the lottery, I would have loved to buy this and fix it up.

maybe it is just nostalgia from my childhood, but I hate to see it gone

Firefighters are battling a major building fire at the now-closed Joyland amusement park.

The building ablaze is on northwest end of the park. Fire Marshal Ed Bricknell said fire officials are not sure which building is on fire.

Firefighters are using an aerial hose to fight the fire. Traffic is not disrupted in the area. Smoke from the fire is visible for several miles.

Return to Kansas.com for updates as they become available.

The park, a Wichita landmark since 1947, was closed in 2006. The park is at 2801 S. Hillside.

http://www.kansas.com/news/breaking/story/768714.html

Deberg_1990
04-10-2009, 04:16 PM
Is that the same one as that Western theme one that lasted like 6 months a few years ago?

Gracie Dean
04-10-2009, 04:19 PM
Is that the same one as that Western theme one that lasted like 6 months a few years ago?

oh no

this one was built in like 1940's and was open until about 2 years ago

the original owners were getting pretty old so they leased it to some shady people who ran it down and didn't pay bills ect...

it just closed and never re-opened. It has been vandalized several times and now this fire...

REALLY sad

shitgoose
04-10-2009, 04:19 PM
I hope the whacky shack isn't on fire:cuss:

Gracie Dean
04-10-2009, 04:20 PM
I hope the whacky shack isn't on fire:cuss:

or the rollar coaster

shitgoose
04-10-2009, 04:22 PM
or the rollar coaster

That thing is scary as hell. It was always in the back of my mind that it might collapse when I was riding on it.

JazzzLovr
04-10-2009, 04:25 PM
Ditto on the nostalgia. I grew up in Wichita until we moved in 1988. I hadn't heard that they had closed.

JazzzLovr
04-10-2009, 04:26 PM
That thing is scary as hell. It was always in the back of my mind that it might collapse when I was riding on it.

Heh yeah, that roller coaster looked scary 25 years ago, but I still rode it. I wonder if it EVER looked good? :hmmm:

Gracie Dean
04-10-2009, 04:28 PM
Heh yeah, that roller coaster looked scary 25 years ago, but I still rode it. I wonder if it EVER looked good? :hmmm:

the link in my op will take you to a gallary of photos that have some great pictures of the coaster


was a thing of BEAUTY to ride.

wickedly awesome

DaFace
04-10-2009, 04:54 PM
My great grandma lived within about a quarter mile of the place, so we would always go over there when we went to visit. Good memories. Too bad the place is rotting away.

RedNeckRaider
04-10-2009, 04:57 PM
It is located in one of the worst areas of town. Those of us that grew up in Doo Dah have fond memories of the place. That said the truth of the matter is the place is a dump and has been for years. Plain View is a crime infested hell hole and someone would be crazy to try and revitalize the place. Sadly its time has come and gone.

Gracie Dean
04-10-2009, 04:59 PM
It is located in one of the worst areas of town. Those of us that grew up in Doo Dah have fond memories of the place. That said the truth of the matter is the place is a dump and has been for years. Plain View is a crime infested hell hole and someone would be crazy to try and revitalize the place. Sadly its time has come and gone.

I teach those kids and they WANT their area to be a better place. If someone could invest, it might help bring it around...but sadly, I think it is gone

Saggysack
04-10-2009, 05:03 PM
Best thing that could have happened to the place. I bet the owners are rejoicing.

The place as been done for years.

I do have good memories going there as a kid though.

Hydrae
04-10-2009, 05:06 PM
The world has moved past the time of the small amusement parks. There are very few in the country still running, most are shopping malls by now.

RedNeckRaider
04-10-2009, 05:12 PM
I teach those kids and they WANT their area to be a better place. If someone could invest, it might help bring it around...but sadly, I think it is gone

Well teach them well so they can break the cycle of the neighborhood they live in. That area will continue to digress and helping provide them education to help them move away is the best you can do.

Gracie Dean
04-10-2009, 05:22 PM
Well teach them well so they can break the cycle of the neighborhood they live in. That area will continue to digress and helping provide them education to help them move away is the best you can do.

I am trying...god knows I am trying...

with some of the crap they deal with in their home lives, it is a wonder they can concentrate at all on school stuff.

Jebus some of the stories I could tell...

makes me realize HOW sheltered and lucky I was growing up

Gonzo
04-10-2009, 05:28 PM
heh.... I remember that place. When my wife and I were dating we would go there and make out in the wacky shack.
I remember when that kid got smacked in the noggin by the roller coaster a few yrs ago. It was a good place to have some fun but yeah, horrible neighborhood.
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bowener
04-10-2009, 05:53 PM
Oh god, dont go to the link and watch the video. The firefighter says the same thing at least 5 times in 2 minutes.

Gracie Dean
04-10-2009, 06:06 PM
Abandoned storage building at Joyland on fire. Fire crews report heavy smoke and flames coming from the building

Zebedee DuBois
04-10-2009, 06:14 PM
Too bad...

That Coaster was awesome. A great series of hills. It always looked rickety...part of the charm.

Fish
04-10-2009, 08:47 PM
Crazy memories from Joyland...... before I knew the world was bigger than Kansas, that was the coolest place ever....