Former Joyland property sells at auction

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The 57 acres where Joyland Amusement Park once stood has been auctioned off for a bid of $180,000.

After premium costs, the buyer will pay a total of $198,000. 

The buyer wants to remain anonymous for the time being, but former Joyland owner, Margaret Spear said that she hopes in the future the property will be used to create more memories, as it did in the past. 

“I think it’s wonderful,” Spear said. “I have many memories of it because I went to work here when I was 15 and met my first husband here.”

About half a dozen people registered to bid in person and online for the land. 

“This is one that obviously is a historical Wichita property and there’s been a lot of human interest associated with property,” said Braden McCurdy, CEO of McCurdy Auction, LLC.

Now Spear hopes a fresh mind will use the property for something good. 

“I had all my fun,” Spear said. “So, it’s not good to see it just sit here like this. Someone needs to do something with it.”

The buyer said he isn’t sure what he will do with the property just yet.

According to those with McCurdy Auction, possible zoning changes could come depending on what the buyer does with the land. 

For more information about the auction process and the property, visit the McCurdy Auction website.

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