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Joyland owners put the abandoned amusement park up for sale

Aerial look at the remains of Joyland’s Whacky Shack

The Whacky Shack, a popular ride at Wichita’s abandoned amusement park Joyland, was destroyed by a fire in August 2018.
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The Whacky Shack, a popular ride at Wichita’s abandoned amusement park Joyland, was destroyed by a fire in August 2018.

The owners of Joyland Amusement Park are putting the land up for sale.

Joyland opened in Wichita in 1949 and permanently closed in 2006. Since then, the former amusement park has fallen to vandalism, overgrowth, graffiti, trespassers and neglect. Last month, one of the last rides left at the park — The Whacky Shack — was destroyed by a fire.

McCurdy Auction will auction the 57-acre property where the former park lies in ruin on Nov. 7. The site will be split into two separate parcels of commercial land up for sale: 42 acres north of the Gypsum Creek and 15 acres south of the creek. The two parcels can be bought separately or as one purchase, according to the McCurdy website.

The land is in southeast WIchita, near 31st Street South and Hillside.

Wichita police Sgt. Matthew Lang describes finding the iconic Joyland character Louie the clown while searching a house in February 2015. Lang was testifying in the preliminary hearing of Damian Mayes, who is accused of stealing Louie and other Jo

The Nelson family told the auctioneers they are proud they were able to provide a place for good, quality entertainment for generations of families, but “it’s time for the next chapter.”

Braden McCurdy, CEO and auctioneer of McCurdy Auction, said the property offers a tremendous redevelopment opportunity with frontage along I-135, Southeast Blvd., Hillside and surrounding city streets.

“We are looking forward to seeing what the new owners will transform this Wichita legacy into,” McCurdy said in a statement on the auction’s website.

The auction website strongly advises people not to enter the abandoned amusement park, due to the potentially dangerous conditions.

The auction will happen on-site, with online bidding available at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 7. There is no minimum and no reserve to be met for the property. Any property left on the premises at the time of sale will be considered abandoned property.

The Joyland Amusement Park has been shuttered for over 10 years, but neglect, vandalism and weather have taken a final toll on the iconic Wichita landmark. (April 20, 2017)

Workers with Miracle Signs remove the iconic Joyland sign that had lured families to the amusement park from 1949 to 2004. The sign has been purchased by the Historic Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County. (June 13, 2014)

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