Thursday, June 30 2022


Here’s one public event that hasn’t succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic: Osborn Aquatics Center’s annual New Year’s “Polar Brrr Swim.”

It’s perfect for anyone looking to start 2022 off with a bang. A very cold splash. Or a hot one. You choose.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on SaturdayJanuary 1st, community members can head to the aquatic center and slide down a waterslide directly into the center’s heated outdoor pool. For those looking for a cooler start to the New Year, they can jump into the unheated outdoor pool.

“One of the fun things about it is you can go down the slide and have a picture with a polar bear afterwards,” center director Todd Wheeler said.

A polar bear mascot will be on hand during the chilly event. Lifeguards will be on duty in all areas of the center.

Admission follows regular rates: $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 7 to 17, and $3 for children ages 6 and under.

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The indoor pool will also be open to regular swimmers.

Usually hot chocolate and candies are available for attendees, but this year goodie bags will be the reward.

Wheeler said before the pandemic, there were usually around 100 to 200 people attending the annual event. He added that it is a tradition for some local families.

“I think it’s just a fun and unique way to celebrate the New Year,” Wheeler said. “It’s a fun, family-friendly event where people can forget about boules, have their picture taken, and make memories.”


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