As pieces of Joyland will soon head off to new homes, the question was asked to Eyewitness News, what will happen with the donations given to the group working to restore it?
Joyland Restoration Project started about three years ago with the goal of raising enough money to purchase the amusement park and restore it to the park it once was. The group held fundraisers and sold shirts and bracelets to try and raise money for the cause.
In a post by the group Thursday afternoon on its Facebook page, it says "at times, the process is slow, other times, we make big steps." The post mentions a potential investor that was interested in helping with funds.
The post said "at this time we have $10,281. I know it seems this is the figure we have had for a while, but we have expenses, we have an inventory of merchandise, and we took risks with fundraisers that did not go as well as we had hoped."
When the group started out, the hope was to raise $10 million to buy the property and restore it.
The post mentions two options: continue on with the fundraising efforts, or donate the funds, mentioning a possibility as giving the money to the Kansas Historic Preservation Alliance or Botanica to help restore items from Joyland.
Many comments started pouring in just moments later. Many saying it's time to donate the funds and walk away, but others still holding out hope to one day restore Joyland.
"I would like to see the donations go to help rebuild the carousel, that needs to be restored, and the signs," said Dalton Sanders, who said he volunteered and donated to the group, but has since changed his mind. "Going through home videos I was like, 'man that was really fun, why can't we have roller-coasters? I enjoyed it at first, but then as I researched more I found the sewage treatment plant is right down the street from it and on hot days it smells and the area where it's at is known for crime."
Sanders said he remembers going to Joyland often for birthday parties and has since become fascinated with amusement parks, which is why he is going to WSU for mechanical engineering.
The group's president has not responded to Eyewitness News' phone calls or emails Thursday.
No word yet on when a decision will be made.