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    Judge’s Comment: “It was obvious that this park wanted to stand out as an avid supporter of its surrounding community!”

Under the umbrella of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., works hard to care for visitors, community and the surrounding environment.

Hersheypark includes the Boardwalk, a full waterpark experience with nine major attractions, including Tidal Force, one of the tallest splash-down rides in the world, and East Coast Waterworks, which operators describe as one of the largest water-play structures in the world.

There’s also the Intercoastal Waterway, where riders meander and bump alongside each other in rafts, and a 378,000-gallon wave pool. Guests pay one general admission price, which includes The Boardwalk.

To ensure safety, employees receive extensive training. Lifeguards complete a four-day certification process in addition to a four-hour company orientation, an eight-hour operational orientation, and CPR, first aid, AED and O2 training.

Managers are certified Pennsylvania State Ride Inspectors and National Weather Service SkyWarn Certified Storm Spotters.

Hersheypark also reaches out to the community with active involvement through Project Fellowship with the Milton S. Hershey School and Junior Achievement. Coins thrown into fountains become donations to local charities, the park hosts food drives, and the staff participates in the United Way campaign. In 2007, the waterpark’s opening year, they donated $1 million to the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Preserving the environment for guests and neighbors has long been a part of the corporate culture at Hersheypark. Green initiatives have been established through six sub-committees on the following topics: recycling and hazardous waste, purchasing, recognition, energy, education and certification, and communication.