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
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.