Each new years day celebration, Seattle citizens itching to get out of the house and breath the air of 2019 visit Matthews Beach/ NE Seattle. Big ‘thanks’ to Meadowbrook Community Center’s Pool staff who work to corral the frosty wannabes at the yearly tradition known locally as the Polar Bear Plunge. Famous for the turnout, the effort by staff goes beyond the call of duty. As great SWIM ambassadors, they’re also there to accept donations to the ‘Learn to SWIM’ scholarship fund, which is also available.
With coffee and food trucks available for the first time, this will give staff an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the day with friends, family and neighbors. High noon the fun begins. Welcoming the new year with zany and fun outfits and friends with big blankets is on tap. The forecast? Cloudy and cool, high 44 degrees.
With friendly weather and food trucks galore, plan on a fun day with NE Seattle community. In years past, the planning side and Seattle Parks side of the event was stressful, to the point of searching for relief, not from cold temperatures or icy water but actually ‘hot water’ issues. With no onsite resources at Matthews Beach, logistics were an exhausting experience that needed relief. We appreciate Janet/ Pool Coordinator and Advisory Council rep Mary Anderson for their advocacy in bringing on the frosty big day.