PORTER | Representatives from Seven Peaks Waterpark in Utah visited with members of the public during a town forum on Thursday night to answer questions about the new location in Porter at the shuttered Splash Down Dunes site at 150 E. U.S. 20.
General Manager Matthew Phair said the park, which will officially be named Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland, is slated for a 2013 Memorial Day weekend open and renovations are on track.
“It will be a good push and we’re very excited to get going for the community,” Phair said.
He said the park will be operational during the first season and will not involve any additions to the property. However, a number of items will be removed or changed at the old site, he said.
“We will remove the ship and the big pavilion over the lazy river. We like our parks to be open so families can see their kids at all times. Over the years, we will add to it with more slides, restrooms, and places for food,” he said.
The park will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays so families can go to church, he said.
Members of the public questioned the safety of the facilities, which were issued multiple code violations in recent years under the previous ownership.
“We will not open the park unless everyone is safe. Safety is our number one priority,” Phair said, adding that the company has contracted with a Florida-based engineering firm to comply with national, state, and town requirements.
He said the park looks to employ 10 to 12 year-round, full-time staff members and will begin advertising for those positions after the first of the year. Phair said an additional 300 to 350 part-time, seasonal workers will be added to the crew as well.
Other upgrades during the first year of operation include an improved parking lot, heightened security with staff and cameras and buffers for neighboring residents.
Phair anticipated an average daily attendance of 3,000 to 4,000 visitors during the 85- to 90-day water park season, but said the park will have the capacity to hold 8,000 to 10,000 daily visitors.
He and a fellow representative detailed the pricing structure for daily admission, season passes, and school fund-raising programs. No food or alcohol will be allowed into the park, he said, and parties will be required to use park-approved caterers.