(WICHITA, Kan.) — Closed since 2006, Wichita's Joyland amusement park was the talk of Riverfest on Saturday. The organization hoping to buy and reopen the historic park had a booth set up selling t-shirts to raise money.
Eighteen-year-old Alex East has been heading up the effort for over a year. Restore Hope Inc. was just granted tax-exempt status which East says is a big step forward in trying to raise the ten million dollars it'll take to buy and rennovate Joyland.
It's an idea that has a lot of people excited.
"If you grew up in Wichita, you grew up with Joyland," Winki Rawlings says.
Angelica Holguin was buying shirts for her kids and telling them about the fun she had at Joyland as a kid.
"I'd love to see it be a part of my children's childhood and part of my grandchildren's childhood," Holguin says. "It would be amazing!"