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Group Trying To Restore Kansas Amusement Park Disbands

Associated Press - June 17, 2014 8:34 am

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 nearly $10,500 raised by the group will be reimbursed and then donated to other groups.

Joyland operated for more than six decades before closing in 2006. Johnson said group members have become too busy to continue the renovation effort, which would need millions of dollars.

The owner of the park, Margaret Nelson Spear, began donating items from the park last month. The Historic Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County took some of the items, with plans to restore them.

Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle