Seven Peaks Water
Park Porter--once upon a time the old Splash Down Dunes--is open and up and
running for the summer season.
Now if the weather
would only cooperate. “There’ve been a few days when it was cold or rainy,”
General Manager Matthew Phair told the Chesterton Tribune on Monday,
prompting the park to close early on a given day or not to open at all.
“When it’s been
nice we’ve been doing very well,” Phair said. “All of last year’s
attractions are up and doing great.”
Not all of last
year’s food vendors have returned, however, one of them being Val’s Famous
Pizza & Grinders, whose owner, Kevin Murray, says that he’s out around $500
which he spent on food and employee orientation because he was under the
impression that Seven Peaks wanted Val’s back on the grounds again this
Instead he was
told, after he’d shelled out the money, that Seven Peaks was ending its
relationship with his pizzeria, Murray said.
Phair, for his
part, said that no formal agreement about this season had ever been reached
with Murray. “There was a verbal discussion, nothing in writing yet.”
In any case, the
owner of Seven Peaks “decided to go in a different direction,” opting to
retain only a couple of last year’s food vendors and “to do the rest of the
food ourselves,” Phair said.
Murray said that
he’s been told he’d be reimbursed his out-of-pocket but that hasn’t happened
also confirmed that, in an effort “to reduce costs,” about 25 percent of the
staff originally hired to work this season has been cut.
A large part of
that decision was based on complaints from employees who wanted more than
the 10 to 25 hours per week per employee, Phair said. “A lot of them wanted
more hours because it’s their summer job.”
Who was cut and who
retained were decisions based on several factors, Phair noted: whether an
employee worked for the park last year, whether he or she had experience
with a particular application, whether they could work full time, whether
they were available to work all summer.