ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The Albuquerque City Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting its second annual Polar Bear Plunge, which benefits the ABQ BioPark’s polar bears and penguins in addition to the Shanta Strong Swim Fund. The event will take place on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 10:30 am at the West Mesa Aquatic Center.
The city of Albuquerque says the Shanta Strong Swim Fund helps pay for swimming lessons for children in need of financial aid. The fund is named after former lifeguard Shanta Hanish, who was murdered along with her mother in their Nob Hill home in 2019.
To participate, attendees must make a tax-deductible donation of at least $ 40. Donations of $ 50 or more include the ability to enter the pool by going down one of the slides.
In a press release, the city announced that all participants will receive a souvenir cloth. Those who “dare to take the plunge” can jump into the 40-degree water of the outdoor slide pool specially prepared for the event.
Free hot cocoa and polar bear snacks will be available for attendees. Interested parties are encouraged to pre-register online and also have the option of creating their own donation page for the event.
Day registrations are accepted, but attendees are encouraged to register in advance.