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Polar Bear Plunge returns to Matthews Beach

December 18th, 2013 by hillaryu

Ring in the New Year in your swimwear at the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the Jan. 1 event that starts at noon sharp; registration begins at 11 a.m.

From the Parkways post:

A 2014 Official Patch of Courage will be given to all heroic polar bear participants who immerse themselves neck-deep in the lake. The patch will show the world that participants braved the frigid waters. Warming refreshments will be served.

As in previous years, younger polar bears and anyone else who needs a little more room can take part in the Polar Cub Club part of the event immediately preceding the main plunge. For the truly hearty, double-dipping is allowed.

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:

· Make the plunge even more special by dressing up in a costume!
· Come early, and carpool or take the bus (you can plan your trip).
· If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend that you consult your healthcare professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you can’t go in the water, come and watch!
· Don’t drink alcohol–it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia.
· Stay in the water for no longer than 15 minutes-you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air.
· Keep your outer clothing on until you’re ready to get in the water. After the plunge, remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

Will you brave the frigid waters of Lake Washington for this year’s Polar Bear Plunge?

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It’s time again for the Polar Bear Plunge!

December 21st, 2012 by hillaryu

There’s no need to fret about all of those extra pounds you might be consuming over the holidays — at least not if you’re one of the brave souls who dares to participate in the 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach, 49th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 93rd Street!

Rain or shine, you’re invited to join your fellow polar bears for a plunge into chilly Lake Washington at noon on New Year’s Day. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and costumes are encouraged.

Refreshments will be provided, and swimmers who make it neck-deep will receive a 2013 Official Patch of Courage. The city’s Parks Department offers these tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:

  • Come early, and carpool or take the bus.
  • You can plan your trip at http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/
  • If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend you consult your health care professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you don’t go in the water, come and watch!
  • Don’t drink alcohol — it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia.
  • Don’t stay in the water for longer than 15 minutes — you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air.
  • Don’t take off your outer clothing until you’re ready to get in the water, and remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

Participants are encouraged to sign the online blog: theofficialunofficialpolarbearplunge.blogspot.com.

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New park in the works for Wedgwood

January 3rd, 2011 by hillaryu

If you’ve always thought Wedgwood could use another park, here’s good news.  A new park is being proposed at the site of the old City Light substation in the 8600 block of 35th Ave NE.  The Wedgwood Community Council has been working closely with Seattle Parks on the project.  Funding will come from the 2008 Parks Levy.  

Wedgwood residents are invited to a public meeting about the park on Wednesday, January 12 from 7p.m. to 8:30 p.m at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church at 8008 35th Ave NE.  To read more about the project, click here.

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