Chilli Bay Water Park (Call Us At 660-646-6107.)

Season Information | Swim Lessons

In addition to the fully equipped playground at Simpson Park, most of the summer activity revolves around the Chilli Bay Water Park!

C-T Photo / Matt Shaffer / May 30, 2016

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.

HISTORY: Chilli Bay Water Park, the $4.2 million aquatic center in Simpson Park, first 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. Aquatic Center Renovated | Click here for more Aquatic Center News...

C-T Photo / Austin Buckner

DETAILS: 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.

Photo by Brett Shaffer 08/20/16

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, a family slide/children's play area in the northwest pool, underwater seating, a log roll, climbing wall, basketball hoop and high and low dives in the southwest pool, 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.

2017 Season
Open May 29, 2017
Call Us At 660-646-6107.


May 29, 2017: Chilli Bay Opens for the season
September 4, 2017: Chilli Bay Closes for the season (see news)

2017 Hours*

  • Noon - 7pm Monday-Thursday
  • Noon - 6pm Friday
  • 1pm - 6pm Saturday and Sunday
  • * Adjusted Hours of Operation for July 1st: 1pm to 4pm
    Adjusted Hours of Operation for July 4th: Noon to 4pm

2017 Rates
On December 12, 2016, the city council approved 2017 rates for Chilli Bay Water Park. Adult rates will increase from $8.50 to $9.50; senior rates will increase from $4.50 to $5. No rate changes will be made to the student rates (k-12), currently at $5.50. Admission for pre-k children will remain free. Season passes for groups will increase from $205 to $215; individual season passes will increase from $100 to $105; and punch passes for 11 days will increase from $55 to $60.

2017 Swimming Lessons

The facility will host three swim sessions this summer. Questions? Call us at 660-646-6107.

  • Session 1 June 19-23
  • Session 2 July 10-14 and
  • Session 3 July 24-28

We will once again offer our 50-minute lessons at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.. This year, we will offer a Re-Teach Day to individual swimmers who do not pass (by appointment).

$60 per student per session

Sign-Ups begin when we open Monday, May 29th!


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Water Park Manager: Janice Shaffer

CT Photo
Lifeguard Training at Chilli Bay 2016 - Training of new guards began on May 20.
There are just under 60 lifeguards in training and three different training courses are being offered:
new guards course, recertification course, and a refresh course.

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Josh Norris, Director of Parks and Recreation
1503 Walnut Street, Chillicothe, MO 64601

Office Phone: 660-646-4424
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Chilli Bay Water Park: 660-646-6107


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