The new Boardwalk attraction at HersheyPark sports Community loudspeakers. Hershey, PA (October 1, 2007)–One of America’s oldest amusement parks, Hersheypark turns 100 this year as it debuts The Boardwalk, a site built in the style of classic oceanside boardwalks, featuring toddler pools and placid swimming to a wave pool and a cyclone water slide. To enhance the beachside experience, several hundred tons of sand were trucked in to surround the Boardwalk, while sounds of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s entertain beachgoers, courtesy of a distributed audio system designed by Clair Brothers Systems of Lititz, PA, featuring Community Professional loudspeakers.
The system is comprised of several Community R.5-66TZ two-way full range loudspeakers, powered by QSC 70V amplification. A Biamp Audiaflex system handles loudspeaker processing and zoning tasks.
“Hershey has, over the years, typically installed its own in-house paging systems,” explains Gene Pelland, vice president of Clair Brothers Systems. “They approached us to design a system that could function as a distributed music system and emergency evacuation system. We have it zoned to provide different sources to different localized areas at different volume levels, but of course, it can also function as an all-zones announcement system, or with localized access, so a lifeguard can grab a wireless mic and page to the immediate area, for example.”
As Clair Brothers’ Dean Wiltsie explains, the Community R-Series loudspeakers were chosen for the job due to a few reasons: “There are a number of very large areas that need coverage, and the Community loudspeakers are great for getting sound 40 or 50 yards away. And they can deliver intelligibility even over all the background noise, which is great for general announcements and critical in emergency situations. They’re also the only speaker that can stand up to the harsh Pennsylvania winter.”