The health and safety of our residents and visitors is the highest priority of the City of Kirkland. As part of King County, Kirkland is in Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start” re-opening. Although many City services are available online, City Hall and most City buildings are closed to the public as part of our response to COVID-19.

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Polar Bear Plunge

25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 456-1111

Kirkland nonprofit Chump Change invites you to join the madness every year on January 1, as dozens of hardcore Eastsiders gather in Kirkland's Marina Park for the Annual Polar Bear Plunge! This event celebrates the start of the new year in a way that's unforgettable! Charge boldly forward into the new year while "plunging" off any lingering worry and stress from the previous year. This frigid dip into Lake Washington will serve as a memorable start to what is destined to be our best year yet! This annual event is free to attend and is for brave souls of all ages – no tickets are necessary. Gather on the shore, join the countdown and plunge your way into the new year! "The few. The proud. The Plungers."

Shot of people running into Lake Washington at the Polar Plunge event