Wichita teen gets non-profit status for effort to restore Joyland

Posted Monday, July 2, 2012 10:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A Wichita teen’s multimillion-dollar campaign to renovate Joyland, the city’s defunct amusement park, has taken a tiny step forward. Last month, Alex East took a step toward potentially earning more support when his organization, Restore Hope Inc., was granted nonprofit status. The change will allow the group to apply for grants and accept tax-deductible contributions.

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Monday, July 2, 2012 10:08 AM

The preservationist schmucks in the enthusiast community who are all talk could learn something from this kid, even though I think his chances of success are slim.

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Monday, July 2, 2012 6:36 PM

Apparently the Nightmare coaster that is still SBNO is the only existing coaster with the ancient PTC trains still on it. That would be so cool to see it restored. What an ambitious and appreciative young man...I do feel he is naive trying to get the park to be a non profit park, but I am by NO means a financial expert, so maybe it is possible.

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Monday, July 2, 2012 6:57 PM

My hat is off to this kid. I think he will get the money he needs to get this off the ground. All he needs is national attention.

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Monday, July 2, 2012 7:03 PM

I thought the standard approach to save a defunct amusement park was to apply for a pepsi challenge grant year after year after....

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