The link below isn't so much of a "news" article as it is an op-ed piece from the Harrisburg Patriot News. Coaster lovers might find the opinions of this golf course lover interesting.
Rob Ascough said:
I'd expect a waterpark and some majot park expansion in the future.
What about lodging? Right now they own Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge plus the Hershey Highmeadow Campground.
In the imdeiate area, but not owned by Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, is a Days Inn and a Comfort Inn, plus some small hotel / motel types and perhaps some B&B / Guest Rooms, etc. The closest concentration of lodging is near the Eisenhower Interchange (I-83, I-283 and US 322) just east of Harrisburg about 10 miles west of Hershey.
I wouldn't be surprised to see them put in some sort of hotel to try and capture even more of the travel dollars in the area rather than losing them to other hotels not owned by Hershey.
Years ago there was some talk about creating a new venue for out door concerts, effectively replacing the Star Pavillion and the Stadium. IF a new venue is created just west of GIANT Center... that would make the old Stadium as obsolete as the old Hershey Park Arena. There is also a good deal of support structures in the area (all of those buildings arround the Stadium). IF all of this would be moved as well, then that would leave this entire area rather "vacant" and a more likely area for amusement park (not water park) expansion in the future (its right next to the existing park.
As much as I prefer the old Barn over GIANT Center, I have the feeling that as more and more changes in the area, the shorter and shorter its days are becoming. *** Edited 11/16/2005 6:16:03 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
This allows them to start moving parking lots, which are key to expansion. There are no plans yet to remove any of the old structures, as the mentioned arena and stadium. HERCO needs support from the School Board before that would be done.
You can expect to see the Arena incorporated into HersheyPark as a entertainment venue, if they move their gate between the Arean and Stadium. The current gate was designed to handle about 750,000 guests, not 2.3 million.
This gives them ample space to re-structure the entrance to the park, re-locate catering, and redirect traffic both cars and people. Good things are to come.
I am sure that we'll see that Hotel waterpark in the future. They'll get that to pass through the township. They have a way of getting their way around here.
Hershey has a good collection of coasters now, but I still think that a hyper is the perfect addition for the park. Where the could fit that I don't know, but I am sure that they can find a way.
With the Milton Hershey Schools "renovation" (actually virtual demolition) of Senior Hall, Hotel Road is being relocated to align with the traffic light at the Entertainment Complex exit road (north of the Stadium). Currently, the land north of Hersheypark Drive (formerly the airpark)is used for overflow parking when multiple events are held on the complex. With the relocation of Hotel Road and MHS claiming the land below the school (west of the new road), overflow parking has been substantially reduced. Using the golf course land adjacent to the Giant Center allows easier access control and more continuity with the existing parking area.
No water park. No park expansion. Just parking. Sorry.
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