BRISTOL — A new roller coaster will be running at Lake Compounce next year.
The “Phobia Phear Coaster” will open during the park’s 170th season, General Manager Jerry Brick said Friday. There have been several additions to the park in recent years, including Bear Creek campground.
“We are excited for the future of the park,” Brick said.
Phobia will feature a triple launch system utilizing magnets and kinetic power, Brick said. There will be an inversion at 150 feet and the coaster will reach speeds of 65 mph. Using the kinetic power to help propel the coaster cars will save energy. Brick said the coaster will be a multi-million dollar investment, and the biggest single investment in the park’s history. Park officials would not disclose how much it will cost, however.
“It’s fantastic they are still looking at innovating and becoming even better,” said Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback, who attended the unveiling along with Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne.
Pieces of the track will be arriving next week, Brick said. Counting the “kiddie coaster,” Phobia will be Lake Compounce’s fifth roller coaster. Brick said the size and the scope of the new coaster will set it apart. Boulder Dash, a wooden roller coaster, opened in 2000.
“This is an exciting time for Bristol,” Cockayne said at the event.
Cockayne said he used to come to the Compounce as a young child, and his grandfather was a chef at the park. Cockayne said he was excited to see the park growing, “especially on the Bristol side.” Brumback said while the “lion’s share” of the new roller coaster will be on the Bristol side of the line, the new campground is on the Southington side and is “fantastic.”
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