Auction for Lubbock’s Joyland Is Canceled: What Does It Mean?
After the big announcement in September that Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock would go up for sale and not reopen, we now have a new development.
The owners of Joyland announced in September that after 50 years they would not be reopening the park in 2023. Everyone in Lubbock was shocked. Now, the auction for Joyland Amusement Park has been canceled. The owners of the Lubbock staple told Amusement Today other opportunities presented themselves prior to the auction taking place.
If you missed the news, the announcement of Joyland's closure came the afternoon of Monday, September 12th. In the announcement, Joyland said:
We have been blessed with 50 years of wonderful memories, fabulous employees and amazing guests who have all touched our lives.
The threat of flooding in Mackenzie Park, struggling labor fulfillment, continued vandalism and our aging bodies are all contributing factors to this decision.
We would like to thank ALL of our Team through the years who have helped keep Joyland a safe and enjoyable place to visit.
The auction was originally scheduled for October 27th, 2022, but that's no longer set to happen. The news does reveal any details on what's happening next.
I've reached out to Joyland, but have not heard back from them yet. We'll keep you updated if more information arises. Hopefully, this means someone has bought Joyland and it will remain open.