Lubbock, Texas will never be quite the same without Joyland Amusement Park. Now that we have reached our first summer without it, I thought you might like to take a peek at a cute video posted to TikTok back in 2022 by Michael Monroe Goodman.

I came across it today while I was looking for interesting local videos, and I couldn't help but watch it a few times and think about the good old days.

I remember my very first trip to Joyland. I was about 6 years old, and the park looked so big to me. I rode The Galaxy for the first time with my grandmother. As soon as the ride ended, I begged her to get back in line so that we could ride it again and again and again. It was the first roller coaster I remember riding on, and it was awesome.

I went last summer and rode it for what would be the last time. I never really thought about how much our local amusement park meant to me until they announced that it would be closing. It was like losing a friend.

Thank you, Joyland, for all of the wonderful memories you gave Lubbock over the years, and may the recently deceased co-owner, David Dean, rest in peace. We won't ever forget the memories you helped to create.

Check out the video below:

And, yes, I agree. Joyland was a "great date night adventure" that we will all hold dear forever.

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