Sunday, September 23, 2012
Restore Hope, a local group working to bring Joyland back to Wichita, held a fundraiser on Saturday at Food for Thought.
The event featured family activities like carnival games and music and 30 local businesses donated items for a silent auction. Restore Hope President Alex East says the group still have along way to go it its fundraising efforts but they are making good progress.
"There's a lot of steps that we have to take to get there but we have definitely picking up pace a lot this past month," East said. "We're really starting to get somewhere and we're really getting excited about this and we're happy that people have stuck in with us for this long now."
Organizer Kaitlin Foley says she's working on this project so someday her children will be able to visit Joyland like she did as a child.
"I grew up with Joyland and I would love to see it back," Foley said. "I know it probably won't happen for awhile but the more people that get behind it the sooner it gets to happen and I would live my kids to get to grow up with it like I did."
The group thinks they'll be able to purchase Joyland in about a year, but they hope fundraisers like this one will help them reach their goal even sooner. You can find out more about the Joyland Restoration Project by clicking the link below.