There Is Still Time To Keep The Spirit Of Joyland Alive In Lubbock
Many of the attractions from the park are still available.
I recently drove by Joyland and I could not believe how much of it is still intact. In fact, I only saw one obvious place where something seemed to have been removed. It's certainly possible that some rides are sold and are waiting to be transported, but I've heard from one family member that there are rides and attractions still available.
I do not have the means to purchase the park, but if I did, the first thing I'd do is relocate it from that low spot in Mackenzie Park. Who knows if the city still even wants to be involved, but if it was necessary, maybe portions of the park could be elevated on a season-by-season basis. I still remember seeing pictures of the flood waters being all the way up to the mouth of that lion drinking fountain.
Personally, my plan would be to find an existing space, preferably with existing asphalt, and move the rides over immediately. From there you'd need to replace a few of the rides that were already sold, all the while deciding on what direction the park would be taking. As I've said before, I would probably make the park more of a 12-and-under place, but who even knows if there would be enough business to support that? I would also be open for more special events as well (things like "Fiesta Week" in honor of Cinco DeMayo with special Mexican treats, eats, and confections).
As a matter of fact, after looking through all of my genius ideas, I may be just the guy to run the new park. I just need a few million to get started. Anybody got some cash?