Seven Peaks Duneland Water Park May Delay to Open

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On March 6th, Indian officials said: seven peaks duneland water park has not solve the multiple violations. The state fire marshal's office made repeated visits to the shuttered Seven Peaks Duneland water park in Porter for a wide array of violations, including a lack of fire extinguishers or an evacuation plan in case of an emergency, but according to agency documents, none of the concerns had been solved.

Last July, Jo Penney as spokeswoman for Seven Peaks Water Park told that the water park would open for the 2018 season. And she said in one email "Last summer's closure provided an opportunity to upgrade and improve our Duneland facility and we expect these improvements to continue. Seven Peaks is proud to be a part of the Porter community and to provide a safe and secure environment for family fun and entertainment."

The water park opened briefly in mid-June but Porter County Health Department officials shut it down within a few days after complaints that children received chemical burns from the high chlorine content in the water. In all, the department received 12 complaints about chemical burns and breathing problems in the short time the park was open, and another two children reportedly suffered broken bones when they were thrown from rides, accoding to the Porter County Health Department.

According to the reports provided by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Division of Fire and Building Safety, Richard "Zach" Lute made an annual inspection at the water park on July 19 and found 11 violations at the park.

During subsequent visits, which occurred at least monthly, Lute continued to list the same 11 violations. The most recent inspection for which the Post-Tribune has a report is Jan. 8.

Among the many violations listed, the report notes the "Dunes Slide" has been red-tagged, pending an engineering analysis because its timber beam construction does not appear to offer adequate structural support; the need for fire safety and evacuation plans, and for them to be distributed to the staff; the need to apply for an operation permit; ensuring areas around the pools are slip-free; replacement of wiring splices; and the need for fire extinguishers "in all chemical houses, all pavilions, and first aid stations."

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