Teen Presents Plan To Bring Back Joyland

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Wichita teen who wants to re-open Joyland Amusement Park makes his plea to city leaders, but walks away with no financial commitment.

Alex East, 17, started an organization called "Restore Hope" to re-open Joyland as a non-profit. East asked the City Council for a $10 million loan to buy the park.

Council members said they support East's motivation and enthusiasm,
but they aren't ready to hand over taxpayer money at this point. They did agree to meet with East one-on-one to get more information on the project.

Monday, May 9,2011

A group that wants to restore Joyland Amusement Park will ask the Wichita City Council for a $10 million loan.

Seventeen year-old Alex East is spearheading the group called "Project Hope". He is going to present his plan to the council Tuesday morning.

East wants to renovate Joyland on south Hillside by painting, building and bringing in new rides. "We are asking for $10 million," said East. "We will pay it back of course with interest."

Joyland opened in 1949 and was a very successful amusement park, but over the years it started falling apart and closed. Now it is over grown with weeds and many of the buildings and rides are falling apart.

City councilman James Clendinen says he will have to think hard about using public dollars for Joyland.

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