HAGERSTOWN – The Humane Society of Washington County is announcing exciting changes for the 11th Annual Polar Bear Plunge.


This year’s fundraiser is going to be held at Greenbrier State Park in Boonsboro, MD on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12 noon. This is a change from the past 10 years, when the Plunge was held at River Bottom Park in Williamsport, MD on New Year’s Day.


The Town Council of Williamsport opted to not support the 11th Annual Polar Bear Plunge this year.


“We really want to thank the town and people of Williamsport for the past 10 years, it’s been a great ride” Executive Director Michael Lausen said. “We are excited about the opportunities that Greenbrier offers and look forward to growing our event there to epic proportions.”


Established in the 1960’s and located on US RT 40 between the cities of Frederick and Hagerstown, Greenbrier State Park is one of Maryland’s most popular parks. Greenbrier is host to over 450,000 visitors annually and provides swimming at its 48 acre fresh water lake, hiking and mountain biking on over 8 miles of trails and camping among the trees on South Mountain.


In addition to all of the past amenities, Greenbrier State Park offers an opportunity for all of the participants to plunge safely at the same time. In addition, there is a beach where spectators will be able to watch the participants and ample parking.


“This event has grown every year, with last year’s participants numbering into the 400’s,” Lausen said. “Greenbrier is a perfect accommodating site.”