Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce
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amusement park
Location
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Bristol, Connecticut, USA
Status Operating
Opened 1846
Operator Palace Entertainment (subsidiary of Parques Reunidos)
Website https://lakecompounce.com/

Lake Compounce is an amusement park in Bristol, Connecticut, USA.

History

After being put up for sale in the early 1980s, two local automotive dealers and a third company each acquired minority stakes in the property. In 1985, Hershey Entertainment, owners of Hersheypark, acuired 66.5% of the park and it was subsequently renamed Hershey Lake Compounce.[1] The park underwent a redevelopment at a cost of $22 million, which included the reconstruction of the Wildcat roller coaster. Several new rides were installed, including the Saw Mill Plunge, Wave Swinger, and the Pirate Ship.[2] On October 2, 1987, Hershey Entertainment announced that they would no longer operate the park, stating that attendance had been poor and that they had spent over $28 million on the property, $6 million more than anticipated. This decision upset local officials, as the park had received a federal loan and Bristol city had invested in improving the road and sewer networks around the park.[3]

In 1988, Hershey sold its stake in the property to Joseph Entertainment, a concert promoter. Renamed Lake Compounce Festival Park, the park opened in 1988 with a new focus on live music, entertainment, and festivals.[4] However as Joseph Entertainment faced financial difficulties, over half of the concerts planned in 1991 were cancelled. The park also faced noise complaints from residents and was fined after violating noise level agreements.[5]

Joseph Entertainment filed for bankruptcy in January 1992 and the future of the property both as an amusement park and as a concert venue became uncertain. Local officials were keen to keep the park operating to prevent job losses and in the hope of receiving unpaid tax bills. In June, the city reached an agreement with another operator which would reopen the park.[6] However for the following three seasons, the park only operated for a few days each year.

In 1995 the owners of Lake Compounce reached an agreement with Funtime Parks that saw them operate the park. It reopened in June, however visitor numbers proved disappointing. Funtime, which had recently been acquired by Premier Parks, pulled out of the park later that year.[7]

In April 1996, Kennywood Entertainment entered into a partnership with the park owners which saw the company agree to operate the park, pay unpaid taxes and take on the park's mortgage[8] In 2008, Kennywood Entertainment was acquired by Parques Reunidos.[9]

Roller coasters

Present

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Boulder Dash Custom Coasters International, Inc. Wooden May 21, 2000 Operating
Kiddie Coaster Molina & Son's Kiddie June 27, 1997 Operating
Phobia Phear Coaster Premier Rides Launched 2016 Operating
Wildcat Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Wooden 1927 Operating
Zoomerang Vekoma Boomerang June 27, 1997 Operating

Past

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Green Dragon Wooden 1914 1926 Unknown
Roll in the Dark Unknown Enclosed 1979 1982 Unknown

Attractions

Operating

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
American Flyers Bisch Rocco Flying Scooters 1997
Down Time S&S Worldwide Drop Tower 2004
Drop Zone Moser Rides Drop Tower 2004
Giant Wheel Chance Rides Ferris Wheel 1997
Ghost Hunt Sally Corporation Tracked Dark Ride 1999
Pirate Ship HUSS Pirate Ship 1986
Rev-O-Lution Zamperla Disk'O 2011
Saw Mill Plunge Arrow Dynamics Log Flume 1986
Skycoaster Sky Fun 1 Inc. Skycoaster 1998
Thunder N' Lightning S&S Worldwide Screamin' Swing 2006
Thunder Rapids Hopkins River Rapids 1997
Twister Wisdom Rides Tornado 2000
Wave Swinger Zierer Waveswinger 1986
Wipeout Chance Rides Trabant/Satellite 2009
Zoomer's Gas N' Go Chance Rides Juvenile Track Ride 2007

Closed

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Enterprise HUSS Enterprise 1986 2015 Relocated to Kennywood
Rotor Chance Rides Rotor 1997 2010 Scrapped
Top Spin HUSS Top Spin 1997 2002 Relocated to Kennywood

References