Lake Compounce revived from tough times

Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2002 5:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Lake Compounce now thrives as it draws a half-million people every year. The park nearly closed permanently under prior ownership, until Kennywood Entertainment bought the park in 1996.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 5:19 AM
Kennywood Entertainment ... the Six Flags of traditional parks! I hope they can acquire some other older parks and keep them going - turn this into a revival of traditional parks. Kennywood definitely has its act together (lets just hope they don't forget to improve their original park ;) )

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 5:37 AM
I wish Lake Copounce got a freefall like Pitfall.


Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:22 AM
Kennywood Is Looking At Americana Park (LeSourdesville Lake) But the purchase will not happen until atleast 2004 because kennywood entertainment wants to see the turnout for the park since it's opening. I gaurantee you that if Kennywood Entertainment buys it and adds new attractions, they will quadruple their guests.
Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:27 AM
"Kennywood Entertainment ... the Six Flags of traditional parks!" That wasn't meant as an insult, was it? ;-)
Tuesday, July 23, 2002 9:12 AM

Kennywood Entertainment should buy Whalom Park and save it like they did to Lake Compounce.


S:RoS ( SFNE ) is #1!

Tuesday, July 23, 2002 9:42 AM

From what I understand Pugh Shows (or whatever they are calling themselves now, the LeSourdsville Group or some such) has a three year contract on the park, which would mean the earliest the contract could be re-negotiated with KW is the end of the 2004 season.

I won't comment on what the fine folks at KW could do/would do with the park until I see what three years of the Pugh's does to the park In my mind the Pughs are off to a fine start.

David Bowers
Mayor, Coasterville

Tuesday, July 23, 2002 10:18 AM
I find it interesting that they won't name the "former corporate owners". They are referring to Hershey, who bought the park, partially renovated it, then abruptly abandoned it.
Tuesday, July 23, 2002 11:10 AM

Lake Compounce is only about 15 minutes from my house and although they don't have an Intamin Hypercoaster or B&M Floorless coaster, they have what I call "good atmosphere". Its usually not crowded, free soda, and Boulderdash is a kick butt ride. Glad to hear how well the park is doing :)

I just hope a new ride or rollercoaster isn't too far away :)

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 12:52 PM

"Kennywood Is Looking At Americana Park"

Says who?

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 2:51 PM
Boblogone, I don't think so, since I haven't seen a $6 soda charge there! Good article.....nice to know it's in good hands now. I'm pretty sure it will climb high on my list of favs once I can visit. A historic railroad park with a CCI.....could it get any better? ;)
Brad Sherman
BuzzCon Frequent Flyer, responsible for guests fleeing the queue in horror!
Model coasters and rides
Tuesday, July 23, 2002 2:55 PM

Dingo 65 said about Lake Compounce:

"...although they don't have an Intamin Hypercoaster or B&M Floorless coaster, they have what I call "good atmosphere".

Thank god they don't have those kinds of coasters. Did it ever occur to you that it is the fact that they don't have an Intamin Hyper or B&M Floorless that gives the park its "good atmosphere" ?? As far as I'm concerned I'm happy leaving the big toys [and big crowds and big prices] to SFNE.

If the GM of the park were to ask me what I'd like to see the park ad it would be simple: Crazy Mouse [for the families], an S&S Double Shot, and but those flyers back in service and crank up the speed!

"There's nothing sweeter than a bowling ball with a liquid center" - Homer Simpson

Tuesday, July 23, 2002 2:59 PM

I was thrilled to read this article and to realize that Lake Compounce was receiving recognition in a national high profile newpaper. The Lake is a magnificent traditional park with a charming and lovely atomosphere. If my parents, my 82 year old grandmother, and myself, a coaster and theme park fan, can all enjoy 8 hours together at the Lake, then I think they must be doing something right and appealing to all ages and intersts of park-goers.

Let's hope that they continue to operate the park with such high standards and that 2003 brings some new surprises for Lake Compounce.

Monday, September 1, 2003 7:22 AM
Lake Compounce is proof that you don't need record breakers or expensive rides to be fun. Lake Compounce's signature ride, Boulderdash is my favorite wooden coaster and it only cost $6 million. And the free soda is something which will keep bringing guests. And their atmosphere is amazing. Very quaint old 19th century with a mix of modern rides. That's a good park.

Mix of old and new, good atmosphere, good food.

Lake Compounce is a wonderful place.


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