Bay Water Park (Call
Us At 660-646-6107.)
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.
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.
Open May 29,
Call Us At 660-646-6107.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
May 29, 2017: Chilli Bay Opens for the season
September 4, 2017: Chilli Bay Closes for the season (see
- 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
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!
LEARNING TO SWIM IS AS EASY AS PLAY WHEN YOUR INSTRUCTORS ARE LIFEGUARDS AT CHILLI BAY!!
Be sure to like us at CHILLI BAY WATER PARK on
FACEBOOK! Find special announcements, fun photos, and important weather updates!
Water Park Manager: Janice Shaffer
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
new guards course, recertification course, and a refresh course.
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