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Permit requirements stop Seven Peaks planned opening today

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Citing the need for additional time, the opening of Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland is delayed again.

After making well over $400,000 in renovations to the former Splash Down Dunes at U.S. 20 and Waverly Road, Seven Peaks management announced Thursday it won’t open today as planned because it hasn’t yet passed all Indiana and Porter County health/safety permit requirements.

According to a statement by waterpark administrative assistant Laurie Pollard, “Our number one priority is the safety of both our customers and employees therefore we have made the decision to not open the park this Friday as scheduled.”

The property must meet Seven Peaks own standards as well, she added, and that’s not currently the case.

The Utah-based company operates two water parks and three fun centers in that state.

Seven Peaks originally intended to open in Porter here Memorial Day weekend, but unexpected problems found during the renovations altered that schedule, explained Duneland waterpark general manager Matthew Phair in late May.

Pollard did indicate a small staff will be on premises at the Seven Peaks Duneland front gate starting today each Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to process already purchased waterpark passes and to answer any questions the public may have.

Pollard also asked for understanding and patience as Seven Peaks readies its new 32-acre Duneland site, which had been abandoned in disrepair prior to the company’s purchase of it last summer. “Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that the park is safe for everyone so that we can open as soon as possible.”

Last year Seven Peaks representatives announced $1.5 million to $2 million in planned improvements over three years for its new Duneland waterpark, where more than 200 employees now have been hired.






Posted 6/7/2013