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Polar Bear Plunge for 2017 sees snow on the beach and hundreds taking a dip | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Sunday, January 1, 2017 | Broken clouds, 37.4 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter Parking lot near Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que focus of public meeting Jan. 12 A dispute over a small parking area just adjacent to the Pecos Pit ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Westside Snow Report 12-24-16 By Greg Whittaker Mountain to Sound Outfitters The winter ... Amanda's View: Newsletter By Amanda Knox Oh, but it is funny! —this end-of-the-year ... Police Blotter Week of 12-26-16 Robbery on Roxbury Around 2:40 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 18, a man ... News Space Needle New year show was bright and beautiful Polar Bear Plunge for 2017 sees snow on the beach and hundreds taking a dip Parking lot near Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que focus of public meeting Jan. 12 Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures Free parking and special celebrations mark the Junction New Years Eve Hand over your keys to Uber: Ride-sharing company and the Seattle Department of Transportation ask New Year’s Eve party-goers to plan ahead Highland Park Action Committee meeting Jan. 25 will cover the 'State of Delridge' New Years Eve Costume Party at Highland Park Improvement Club Application filed for construction of townhouse and four houses on Delridge Way SW On the Go Week of 12-26-16 Ready to chill out? New Year's Day Polar bear plunge happens at 10am Let it snow! Winter Weather Advisory issued for Friday evening by National Weather Service Seattle Illuminated to be Presented by David Barnes on Friday, Jan. 6th for "Words, Writers & West Seattle" Meeting set for six story, 71 unit Apt. bldg. with 20 parking spaces to be built on Avalon Way Landscaping and restoration starting at Lowman Beach; Murray Basin CSO project work will wrap up in 2017 Pearl Jam to be inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Innovative project underway on the Lower Duwamish Waterway Delridge Way speed reduced to 30mph for a 3.5 mile stretch; Change is part of VisionZero traffic safety plan On the Go - Week of 12-19-16 Community members sought to advise on development plans for South Seattle College Leslie Harris elected Vice President of Seattle School Board White Center will light up the holidays with their annual tree lighting Dec. 17 Early Design Guidance meeting set for two, three story live-work buildings in Arbor Heights 'Lunch Lady' Sue Trainer retires from Denny after 36 years Changes at West Seattle Food Bank will make it more like a store Patrick RobinsonWell over an estimated 600 people showed up on Alki Beach for the annual Polar Bear Plunge on January 1, 2017. Polar Bear Plunge for 2017 sees snow on the beach and hundreds taking a dip By Patrick Robinson 01/01/2017 updated 15 minutes ago Video Well over an estimated 600 people showed up at Alki Beach on Jan. 1 for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Organizer Mark Ufkes, offered gratitude to his wife for the past year and for the world hoped that everyone would work harder to get along. Precisely at 10am, the countdown began, somewhat organically as people with apparently waterproof smartphones announced the start of the ten second countdown. The time spent in the 45 degree water was less important than the fact that they met the challenge though many of instantly frigid folks did take advantage of the free and hot clam chowder provided by Duke's Chowder House. It's a short event, often lasting less than 30 seconds but some brave souls took more time, diving in and giving the old year a complete rinse out and the new year a cool start. Photo gallery for this story We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. Please send us your news tips, photos or ideas of how we can better cover your neighborhood. Email us at or TEXT news tips to 206-459-6717 Receive updates on news and events in the West Seattle neighborhood via Twitter! Web development by Freelock Computing © 2017 Robinson Communications Inc. All Rights Reserved. Contact Us Terms Home Delivery Media kit available on request -- contact window.fbAsyncInit = function() { FB. FB.Event.subscribe("edge.create", function(href, widget) { _gaq. }); }; (function() { var e = document. e.async = true; e.src = document.location.protocol + '//'; document.getElementById('fb-root'). }()); _qoptions={ qacct:"p-04cWTlFWpKYdM" };