Photos: Portsmouth Dives for the Dogs

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — More than 200 people visited the Island Park seawall on Park Avenue Sunday, Jan. 1, to either watch or take part in the 2017 Polar Dive for the Dogs. 

The annual polar plunge takes place on Jan. 1 in Island Park, but this year’s event theme was designed to benefit the Portsmouth Dog Park, which is expected to open later this year. Started by Bunny Miller, the new dog park has been a project years in the making with funds mostly raised by donations and efforts by volunteers. 

Volunteers collected money Sunday for the dog park benches and water fountain (or bubblah). This event also included music, raffles, and a bonfire provided by the Portsmouth Fire Department. 

Nearly 100 people took the plunge, including Bob Hamilton, who has dived in the annual event for more than 20 years. Featured below are photos from the 2017 Polar Dive for the Dogs. 

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