Get Your Swimsuit Out

Bill Kurtz Photo The Polar Plunge is back on after all, in a, errr, stripped-down version.

Organizers from the Elm City Park Conservancy had canceled the annual New Year’s Day Lighthouse Point Park charity dip because of damage to the carousel caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Since then, Chris Randall (at center in photo from this past New Year’s Day plunge) of the Land Trust reports that he and fellow nature guy Chris Ozyck have decided to “organize a bare-bones plunge at high noon on January 1st. It has happened every year since the year 2000 and we are going to keep the tradition alive.

“We won’t be using the carousel building and there will be no breakfast, hot tubs, or horse drawn carriages. As usual, we will be plunging to raise money for community gardens, parks, and friends of parks groups. The New Haven Land Trust will act as the fiduciary.”


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posted by: fairhavendoc on December 19, 2012  7:01pm

This is very good news.  Thanks Chris!

posted by: Charl on December 19, 2012  9:15pm


Thank you, Chris Randall!  In a city that is constantly hearing bad news, more business closing, less municipal services being offered, ad nauseum…
We are finally given some positive news, due to the work and intentions of an individual.

If you have never gone in for a brief underwater dip in the winter, you should try it this year!  It is one of the most refreshing and invigorating things you can do for your body and for your spirit! 
Doing it on the first day of a brand new year adds to the ritual cleansing aspect.

Or, you could sleep until 3pm with an awful hangover and eat fast food and watch television programming on the first day of the new year.

I have done both in my life, and I will be going for a traditional dip in the saltwater come January 1, 2013.

posted by: Wildwest on December 21, 2012  5:11pm

c’mon Charl, the best cure for a hangover IS taking the plunge!