Lake Compounce, Nation’s Oldest Amusement Park, Gives Away the Keys, Nominations Now Being Accepted

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Lake Compounce Theme Park in Connecticut is asking for nominations of extraordinary, deserving families. One will be chosen to win the keys to the park, and enjoy a special night at Lake Compounce where they will have the park all to themselves. Nominations are due by April 27th and can be submitted on the park's website or by clicking here

As the country's oldest amusement park, Lake Compounce, turns 167 years young, they are preparing once again to celebrate by awarding the 'Keys to the Park' to one lucky family. In addition, the family will receive $200 to spend in any of the park’s retail shops, and a one-hour family photo shoot by Elizabeth Frias Photography to capture their special time, so they will always remember their once in a lifetime experience.

The winning family will be invited to attend a special ceremony in their honor on opening day, Saturday, May 12th, where family and friends are also invited. They will then return on a determined date to enjoy their exclusive experience.

This year, Lake Compounce is asking for nominations of extraordinary families who have gone above and beyond in their communities, or of those who have experienced hardship and would enjoy special treatment by the staff at Lake Compounce Theme Park for an evening.

"It's really heart-warming to hear stories of how parents are working together with their kids on charity projects, community events, and just helping out in general," say Lake Compounce general manager Jerry Brick. "We want to treat one special family to an evening they won't ever forget."

Two runner up families will also be chosen, and will be asked to attend the opening day ceremony, followed by a free day in the park.

"Winning the keys to Lake Compounce was such an amazing experience for our family, and our kids still talk about it a year later," said Heather Plotkin of MA, mother of last year's winning family. Heather says that her 7-year old son Tyler has had over 25 surgeries, and that they have had very little time for family fun.

Heather continues, "The staff went above and beyond making sure we had everything we could possibly want, from access to any rides as many times as we wanted, to snacks and meals, and even a special dance party. It was a night we will remember always."

Entry forms, additional information, and rules and restrictions can be found by visiting All entries must be submitted no later than April 27. Winners will be notified in early May, and announced on Facebook and via the Lake Lovers e-newsletter.

About Lake Compounce
Lake Compounce, part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks, is New England's Family Theme Park and the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America. With the largest water park in Connecticut, and a brand new water slide called Riptide Racer, the park is preparing for its 167th season. Season passes are now on sale for the 2012 season, and can be purchased for $69.99 for a limited time (Regularly $79.99). Unlimited parking passes are available to all season pass holders for $33.00. Regular admission price for the 2012 season will be $36.99. Junior admission, which is for guests under 52 inches tall, is $26.99. Senior admission, for ages 61 and up, will be $18.99. Children 3 years of age and younger are admitted free. All tickets and season passes may be purchased by visiting

About Palace Entertainment
Palace Entertainment owns and operates 40 theme parks, water parks and family entertainment centers nationwide, including Kennywood, Idlewild and Storyland on the east coast. The company entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in the US. For more information, visit

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