Debra Sinick

Kirkland, Washington’s Annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

In Kirkland News, Kirkland WA on December 31, 2008 at 8:57 am


Good luck to all you Kirkland Polar Bears!  Brrr!  I’m not sure if Rob Butcher from Kirkland Views is jumping in, but the folks from the Kirkland Weblog have said they are braving the gray cold of Lake Washington.  Better them than me!  I’m sure they”ll have some great photos.  Have fun and stay warm.  Happy New Year!

City of Kirkland

News Release

Splash in the New Year: Plunge into Lake Washington

Kirkland’s Polar Plunge, January 1 at Marina Park

Kirkland, WA –  If you’ve wondered what it’s like to take a quick dip into chilly Lake Washington on the first day of the New Year, the City of Kirkland offers you the perfect opportunity to experience it yourself.  The Polar Plunge, a wacky Kirkland tradition, takes place on New Year’s Day, 1:00 p.m., Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza.  Participation is free; no registration is necessary.  To take the chill off after the plunge, participants can warm up by a fire, sip a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy a free cup of soup, compliments of the Wilde Rover Irish Pub.  To commemorate the dip, “plungers” will receive a 2009 Kirkland Polar Bear Patch. For event information, go to

“Plungers” are encouraged to wear aqua socks or other foot protection.  Lifeguards will be on duty.  Non-perishable food donations will be accepted to benefit Hopelink’s Kirkland food bank.  For most needed food bank items, go to

For more information on this and other special events and recreation opportunities, please call (425) 587-3330.  Kirkland Parks and Community Services Department is committed to providing recreation experiences for the entire family.

  1. Hi Debra,
    Thanks for the interest, and for the goading. Yes, Kate and I did take the plunge and it was a fantastic event! All kinds of crazy costumes and crazier people rushing from perfectly good dry land into the cold lake. Fortunately, there was a bonfire for us on the beach to help restore our core body temperatures. Next year is your year to join us, right?!?

  2. Good job, both for jumping in and the video on your website. We shall see about next year. I may have to leave town to save face if I don’t do this!

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