A member from the board of directors responded to a slew of negative comments following a SaultOnline.com story and photo posted on facebook showing the new home of the polar bear swim.
Sonny Spina, a Bon Soo Winter Carnival board of director told SaultOnline.com that the photo circulating online shows the venue only 25 percent complete. The photo showed a wooden stairs and platform built over a commercial dumpster.
Spina talked with SaultOnline.com’s Treena Clement Friday afternoon on camera. Spina explained how the committee arrived at their new plan for the polar bear swim. He explained that the recent changes in weather prompted the committee to come up with a plan to hold the polar bear swim regardless of the weather conditions. The weather has always played a huge part of the swim, from ice thickness to rain showers some years. This led to the crowd sometimes being held back at the shoreline and not around the hole on the ice.
The new venue at the Machine Shop, the new home of the key events for the carnival will allow spectators a chance to view the swim with cameras both inside and outside the tank being streamed to a large screen inside the Machine Shop.
The Ontario Winter Carnival Bon Soo kicks off February 3rd at the Machine Shop.
Watch the video for where the idea of a dumpster came from and what is really planned for the event.