Valley-Wide to open Diamond Valley Aquatic Center Polar Bear Plunge and new community park in Valle Vista

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Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District is planning two special events Saturday, Jan. 11. Beginning at 9 a.m., the annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at its Diamond Valley Lake Aquatic Center, and the grand opening of the Jim Venable Exchange Club Park will follow at 11 a.m. in Valle Vista. The public is invited to participate.

The 2020 Polar Plunge at the Aquatic Center, 1801 Angler Ave., welcomes the heartiest residents who don’t mind jumping into the big swimming pool in the middle of winter. The free event will raise funds for charity in the Hemet San Jacinto Valley through the Friends of Valley-Wide Foundation, Living Free, THE Center, Valley Community Pantry, Valley Resource Center and the Valley Queens.

No matter what the weather, a large crowd is expected and several city officials are scheduled to take the plunge. The same day Valley-Wide will hold a grand opening ceremony from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the district and the Valley Exchange Club at the Jim Venable Exchange Club Park at the corner of Fairview Avenue and East Mayberry Avenue in Valle Vista as part of the www.HemetGoRecreation.org.

Riverside County and area city officials are expected to attend. The park includes children’s playgrounds, pickleball courts, a restroom and other amenities. More additions will be made in the future.

Call (951) 487-9234 for more information.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.