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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Making a splash

  • Chilli Bay Water Park is hot spot to cool off
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  • Despite a late start because of cool weather, Chillicothe’s new Chilli Bay Water Park is posting high attendance numbers.
    The highest attendance for a single day topped out with 945 swimmers taking advantage of the region’s newest water recreation destination. The most swimmers attending during a seven-day period was 3,795.
    The water park opened June 7 and, since that time, total attendance has exceeded 22,000, according to Water Park Manager Janice Shaffer. Many of those attendees are season pass holders, although visitors have come from Hawaii, California, Colorado and Oklahoma. A large volume of visitors also keeps the concessions stand busy. Among other items, there have been 237 Chilli Bay refillable sports bottles sold, and 720 M&M ice cream sandwiches sold.
    In contrast to opening day, when air temperature and water temperature barely reached the required 70 degrees, the water temperature is now at 80.
    The new facility, being paid for through an existing capital improvement sales tax, has been welcomed by those attending.
    “I have heard positive comments from visitors near and far," Shaffer said.
    The last major pool renovation took place in 1993.
    “I have watched the old come down, and watched skilled professionals rebuild, renovate and renew our pool into a unique water park, where a family can literally ‘get away' within a few minutes' drive," Shaffer said.
    The new facility 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. Perhaps, the biggest draw of Chilli Bay, is the lazy river at the east end of the water park. 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.
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