Joyland for sale again, park ravaged by vandals

Posted Tuesday, October 14, 2008 9:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Margaret and Stan Nelson have played a vital role in helping Joyland Amusement Park remain open. But since 2003, Joyland has had two false starts as other owners unsuccessfully tried to take over and keep the park going. It has been closed since 2006. Now, the Nelsons have the park again, and they are worried about Joyland's future as they put it up for sale again.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008 11:11 AM

I can't image someone wanting to buy this and run it as a park.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 4:15 PM

I can't believe there are immature f***heads who actually think it's fun to vandalize the park. I feel bad for the owners. They shouldn't have to put up with that crap.

If they can't find a buyer to reopen the park I hope the couple at least gets some money out of it. I would rather see the property sold to build condos or a strip mall than have it sit to rot like Chippewa Lake....making it a vandal's hangout.


Last edited by coasterqueenTRN, Tuesday, October 14, 2008 4:19 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 7:57 PM

Empty amusement parks are going to be hangouts for teens and homeless. The homeless are probably less likely to destroy anything intentionally. But between thievery, vandalization, and fire....a park needs to be running to remain intact. Given the coaster that's sitting there idle, I wish they'd either get the park open before anything bad happens to the Schmeck, or sell it to someone who would operate it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 9:40 PM

What a shame. That Schmeck woodie rides like an out-and-back version of Phoenix. I coudln't get enough on my one visit in the mid-90s. The park was pretty dang cute too with a great walk-thru Wacky Shack.

Some good news would be nice...but I'm not holding my breath.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 11:32 AM

Weird how this was once one of those smaller traditional parks that seemed "safe". Amazing how fortunes can change in such a short amount of time.


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