Joyland property sells for nearly $200K at auction

Published: Sep. 19, 2018 at 10:32 PM CDT
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Wednesday, Nov.7, 2018

Joyland Amusement Park has a new owner.

A buyer purchased the property at auction on Wednesday for $180,000 plus a 10 percent buyer premium. That's a grand total of $198,000.

The park was initially set to be auctioned off in two parcels, but potential buyers wanted to purchase the land in full.

The purchase included 57 acres, 90 percent which has been zoned for single-family homes. A small corner of the property is zoned for general commercial use.

McCurdy Auctions says the buyer wished to remain anonymous. Their information will be released when the deed on the property closes in about 30 days.

At this time, the buyer has no plans for the property.

"I would have preferred that they put another amusement park there instead of auctioning off, but I understand why they're doing it," Wichita resident Chuck Newman says

The property's previous owner, Margaret Nelson-Spear says she started working at Joyland when she was a teenager.

"I had all my fun, it's not good to see it just sit here like this," Nelson-Spear says. "Someone needs to do something with it."

Spear says she's excited to see what's in store for the land's future.

"I don't know what they're going to do with it, but when they take it, they can do what they want with it," she says.


The 57-acre property near Pawnee and Hillside that, for decades, was the home for Wichita's Joyland Amusement Park, goes up for auction Nov. 7.

McCurdy Auction says a new chapter for the former amusement park begins as it's set to auction the Wichita landmark.

“This is a familiar property, just about everyone has a favorite memory of Joyland,” Braden McCurdy, CEO and auctioneer of McCurdy Auction said in a news release on the company's

“This is a rare opportunity to acquire 57 acres with such strong visibility and accessibility."

McCurdy Auction says the former park will be auctioned in two parcels of 42 and 15 acres, separate and together. The auction, starting at noon Nov. 7 (a Wednesday) will allow people to bid online if they're unable to attend the auction in person.