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In addition to the
fully equipped playground at Simpson Park, most of the summer activity evolves around the
"Chilli Bay Water Park" also located there. Originally constructed in 1963,
the aquatic center received a facelift in 1994 that included a zero-depth entry area and two water slides.
The facility continued to draw an average of 32,000 swimmers annually, but
significant changes were implemented with the development of the
Chilli Bay Water Park in 2013.
the CT's video of
our water park in action!
Chilli Bay Water Park, the $4.2 million aquatic center in Simpson Park, opened Friday
afternoon, June 7, 2013. The park welcomed guests for a grand
opening event on Saturday, June 8, with a public open house held
Wednesday, June 12.
C-T Photo / Austin Buckner
The water park is divided into age-appropriate zones. In the zero-depth entry pool, there is a
children's slide and spray feature as well as a low-angle family slide. In another pool is a log roll, a rock-climbing wall, a high diving board and a low diving
board. There are also two more slides: a high-speed enclosed tubular slide, and an inner tube slide leading into the lazy river.
The water park has lots of shade and some underwater bench seating. The facility has an island theme with Tiki huts,
Tiki-like carvings, surf boards and palm trees. The facility is being paid for through an existing capital improvements sales
tax. At the water park's busiest times, there will be 21 lifeguards, 18 of
whom are on deck at all times. Swimming lessons are provided for all
swimming levels each summer.
CAPTION: This aerial picture provides a comprehensive view of the new
Chilli Bay Water Park in Chillicothe's Simpson Park. A $4.2 million
renovation project included two large slides (shown at the top right of
the photo), a family slide/children's play area in the northwest pool
(upper left), underwater seating, a log roll, climbing wall, basketball
hoop and high and low dives in the southwest pool (bottom left), and the
addition of a lazy river at the east end of the facility. The parking lot
was also expanded.
Chilli Bay Water Park Makes Big Splash; Earns Innovative Award
By Calli Price, September 26, 2013
CAPTION: Josh Norris receiving the Innovation Award at the MML conference in Branson on 16 September on behalf of Chilli Bay.
Photo courtesy of Laura Holloway,
Communications Specialist. Missouri Municipal League
Chillicothe's Chilli Bay Water Park made a big splash in its inaugural year, not only surpassing expected revenues and
attendance numbers but also earning the Missouri Municipal League Innovation Award, a statewide award that is given to
innovative projects. There were 67 city applicants across the state considered for the MML award. The award is given in three categories: large city, medium city and small city. Out of 22 applicants in the medium city category,
Chillicothe's Chilli Bay project received first. Director of Parks and Recreation Josh Norris accepted the award,
which was presented at the September 30, 2013, city council meeting. The Chilli Bay project cost $4.2 million in addition to the operating cost of nearly $260,000. After analyzing the
season's operation, it was established that the cost of operating Chilli Bay was nearly $60,000 under the initial spending projection.
Attendance totals for the season also exceeded expectations. The total number of visitors, excluding the number of people who attended pool rentals, was estimated at 36,026 persons. The average daily attendance was 419 people.
Rates & Information
Call Us At 660-646-6107.
Season Passes | Punch Passes | Daily Admissions | Special Activities |
Water Park Staff |
HOURS OF OPERATION:
- Noon until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday and
- The department
is looking into extending Chilli Bay's operating hours into the evening.
Further details TBA.
Be sure to check out the special promotions on the posters posted at Chilli Bay or call the water park at 660-646-6107 in the closing days of the water park.
Individual and family season passes are
available for purchase...
Season Family Pass (up to four individual family members) -
Additional family members - $40 each
Individual Season Pass - $98
- $50 for 11 visits
$5 for children in kindergarten through 12th grade
$8 for adults
$4 for group/senior/military daily admission
Children of preschool age or younger are admitted at no charge.
Pool Rentals - One-hour rentals $175; Two-hour rentals $350
Packages - TBD
Watch for water park
activities to be announced.
At the water
park's busiest times, there will be 21 lifeguards, 18 of whom are on deck at all times.
Water Park Manager: Janice Shaffer
CT Photo June 7, 2013,
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