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Will The New Attraction Open On-Time?

  • Sander Power Equipment Project (Holland’s PA Branch)
  • Pump Consultant – Ralph D.
  • Scope: dewater the flooded area so the general contractor could complete the new attraction on-time.


Hersheypark (known as Hershey Park until 1970) is a family theme park in the eastern United States in Hershey, Pennsylvania, about fifteen miles (25 km) east of Harrisburg, and 95 miles (155 km) west of Philadelphia. The park was founded in 1906, by Milton S. Hershey as a leisure park for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company. It is wholly and privately owned by Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company. Hersheypark has won several awards, including the Applause Award.

The park opened its first roller coaster in 1923, the Wild Cat, an early Philadelphia Toboggan Company coaster. In 1970, it began a redevelopment plan, which led to new rides, an expansion, and its renaming. The 1970s brought the SooperDooperLooper, an early complete-circuit looping roller coaster, as well as a 330-foot-tall (100 m) observation tower, the Kissing Tower. Beginning in the mid-1980s, the park rapidly expanded. Between 1991 and 2008, it added eight roller coasters and the “Boardwalk at Hersheypark” water park. As of 2018, the park covers over 110 acres (45 ha), containing 76 rides and attractions, as well as a zoo called “ZooAmerica”. Adjacent to the park is Hershey’s Chocolate World, a visitors’ center attraction that contains shops, restaurants, and a chocolate factory-themed tour ride, where visitors can get their picture taken and receive a piece of chocolate at the end of the ride.

Prior to the reduction in worldwide theme park attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the park saw an average attendance of over 3.3 million visitors each year.  In 2020, the park hosted 1.7 million visitors.  It is the most visited theme park in Pennsylvania and the ninth most visited theme park in North America, as well as the largest theme park in North America not located in Ohio, Florida or California.


Submersible Pump Dewatering HersheyPark
Every year, in the off season, HersheyPark test, tunes, installs new attractions/rides, makes repairs to walk ways, bridges, and any other necessary updates.  During this off season, Hershey was preparing to debut a new attraction/ride, and needed it to be ready by opening day. 
Challenge 1:  When the general contractor tried to open the 90-year-old locks on the dam, near the new ride, the locks malfunctioned, flooding the area under the amusement ride, temporarily shutting down the project. 
Challenge 2: The general contractor called a dewatering company (not Sander Power Equipment) to dewater the area, but were unsuccessful.
Referrals Matter: A good, long standing customer of Sander Power Equipment, Bud Bower, was working as a subcontractor, and referred Sander to the general contractor.
Solution: Sander’s Pump Consultant, Ralph D. walked the site, did some calculations and designed a dewatering plan that would work.  By exchanging the diesel trash pumps with electric submersibles pumps, he was able to control the flooding, and dewater the area at 55,000 gallons per minute. 
  • Ralph’s team installed (7) BS 2290 & CS 3300 large submersible pumps ranging from 88-110hp and all the HDPE pipe and fittings necessary
They removed the water and the general contractor was able to have his teams return and finish on-time.


Thank you Ralph D. for sharing one of your toughest projects.