Pumpkin Plunge for the Valley

DVL Aquatic Center caps off 2018 season with day of activities as locals transition to fall

Photos by Corey Evan
One of the many activities offered by the DVL Aquatic Center was fishing for candy.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

All good things must come to an end, as Geoffrey Chaucer once observed. Sadly for SoCal, that includes the summer of 2018. But before throwing the winter cover over the pool, the Diamond Valley Aquatic Center invited residents to join them for their 12th annual Great Pumpkin Plunge.
An annual event since 2007, this last open day of the center’s 2018 operating season gave families four fun-filled hours of games, raffles and of course a big splash!
After making their way down the center’s popular twisty slide, kids could take part in guessing games, play some limbo, fish for treats, decorate cookies, and then hop back in the pool.
Valley-wide Recreation Aquatic Coordinator Missy Galloway explains how the Great Pumpkin Plunge came to be: “I’ve been the supervisor here for the last 13 years… It’s kind of the way we shut down the pool with a party.” Galloway says her general manager back in the early days of the center, Sam Goepp, came up with the idea.
Families could also walk out of the center with their own great pumpkin; Grocery Outlet generously donated 25 pumpkins for the center to raffle off.
Galloway thanked her 2018 staff and Valley-wide for making this a great season.
The 2018 season may be over at the Aquatic Center, but Galloway says they’ll be back for the 2019 season beginning in May.
To keep up with all Valley-wide happenings, please visit GoRecreation.org

Locals gather to make one last splash this season at Saturday’s Great Pumpkin Plunge.

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