A multimillion dollar attraction in Chillicothe is closing out the season with record numbers. The newly-renovated Chilli Bay Water Park made its debut in June.
“In the first eight weeks [of operation] we exceeded the attendance record for the entire previous summer,” said Ike Holland, Chillicothe’s City Administrator. “Our safety record has also been very good. We have also had pretty decent weather this year, which has helped. The city has received numerous compliments. We are very pleased the public has welcomed it and I see a very bright future for Chilli Bay.”
Chilli Bay was originally scheduled to begin operations Memorial Day weekend, but poor weather delayed the opening by about one month. Almost 1,000 people visited the park in its first weekend (June 7-9). The Parks and Recreation Department said the facility continues to draw an average of 32,000 swimmers annually.
The park was originally constructed in 1963. A zero-depth entry area and two water slides were added to the aquatic center in 1994. In 2012, the city approved a $4.2 million renovation project. The funds were used to construct two large slides, a family slide/children’s play area, underwater seating, a log roll, climbing wall, basketball hoop, high and low dives in the southwest pool, and a lazy river. The parking lot was also expanded.
The park renovations are being paid for through an existing capital improvements sales tax.
Chilli Bay currently has 30 lifeguards, seven supervisors, and four concession stand workers on staff. 18 guards are on duty at all times.
Chilli Bay is slated to close after the Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31-Sept.2).
Press Release from the City of Chillicothe
Summer is winding down on a very successful first season for the new Chilli Bay Water Park. Chilli Bay will remain open this week through Sunday, August 18. It will then go to weekends only through Labor Day.
Parks Director Josh Norris said that this year has been a very successful first season and pleased with the overall interest from the community. Norris says, “All summer long we have seen very high attendance numbers and heard several good things about our facility. We have had numerous out of town guest visit us and marvel at what we have accomplished.”
There are still three events planned before Chilli Bay closes its doors for the season.
On Thursday, August 15, Chilli Bay will host a “Movie Night.” Beginning at 8:30 p.m. families and individuals can come and enjoy a movie family friendly. A big screen will be set up on the pool deck and is being provided by Citizens Bank and Trust. Admission is free to season pass holders and $3.00 per person for non-season pass holders. Concessions will be open during the movie.
Like last year there will be a “Back to School Late Night Swim.” The night swim will be held on Friday, August 16 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and is targeted at middle school to high school aged teens, but is open to all. Admission is free to season pass holders and $3.00 per person for non-pass holders.
The first ever “Doggie Dip” will be held on the last day of the swimming season Monday, September 2. Chilli Bay invites individuals from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. to bring their dogs and swim together. Admission will be $5.00 for each individual. Each individual is welcome to bring one dog.
Individual and family season passes are available for purchase…
Season Family Pass (up to four individual family members) – $170
Additional family members – $35 each
Individual Season Pass – $80
Punch Card – $50 for 11 visits
Regular Pool Admission:
$5 for children in kindergarten through 12th grade
$6 for adults
$3 for senior citizens
Children of preschool age or younger are admitted at no charge.
A special It’s 5 o’clock Chilli Here package is available to allow families of four to come after 5 p.m. to enjoy two hours of swimming Monday through Friday for $10.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Noon until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
Noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
For more information contact the park at (660) 646-6107.