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According to a press release, an agreement has be made for the sale of Joyland to local Lubbock business people. Read: Joyland is saved!

Current owners David and Kristi Dean have made an agreement to sell Joyland to Jim and Kai Evans and Darryl and Stephanie Holland. If those names sound familiar, they should- the Evans family owns and operates Adventure Park and the Holland family owns and operates The Cactus Theater. These are not outside investors, these are absolutely Lubbock folks who have the expertise to make Joyland see its full potential. Joyland is here to stay!

Additionally, the Dean family has agreed to stay active with Joyland through the 2023 season to ensure a smooth transition for the new owners.

Here's the full press release:

David and Kristi Dean are pleased to announce that an agreement, in principle, has been reached to keep Joyland Amusement Park open!   The new owners are two local business owners, Jim and Kai Evans and Darryl and Stephanie Holland.

 According to David Dean, “We are so excited that the Evans and Holland (families) will continue to make Joyland a family-friendly amusement park for years to come.” 

 To help ensure a smooth transition, the Deans will stay active in the business through the 2023 season.

 Kai Evans added; ”We are excited about continuing the legacy of Joyland and are thankful to have the Dean’s help to guide us through our first season.”

 Darryl Holland noted, “Our combined experience in preserving and promoting legacy businesses in Lubbock is key to this effort to save a landmark that stretches back to its original opening in 1948."

Complete details are still being finalized, but Joyland is expected to begin its 51st season in early March 2023.

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