Joyland Amusement Park, Decatur,IL. (1963-1975)
Joyland Amusement Park in Nelson Park (Lakeshore Drive and South 22nd Street) was a small, independent amusement park in Decatur, Illinois. It was said that the rides were rickety and not really that thrilling. For $2.50 you could get an all-day pass. There was a Swinging-Gym, a roller coaster called the 'Bullet', that was razed to make room for a giant slide, bumper cars, the Tea Cups, a Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, carousel and rock-o-plane ride along with some other rides. The Igloo shaped concession stand was popular to cool off in the summer heat.
It was best described as a fixed carnival, the kind that pop-up in parking lots across the country in the summer. Little kids loved this park. In 1975 the park sold its equipment because the park district didn't have the funds to repair the rides or operate the park any longer.
Video: Joyland in Decatur Illinois, ca. 1964 (0:20)