Philly Phreeze 2023: A polar plunge to raise money for lifeguards so more Philadelphia public pools can open. (Derrick Dean for Billy Penn)

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It might have been chilly outside, but spirits were high and the energy was electric.

Philadelphia showed up and showed out for the Department of Parks and Recreation’s first annual Philly Phreeze polar plunge fundraiser.

The event was organized to raise money to incentivize people to become lifeguards at the city’s free public pools.

Many Philadelphia pools didn’t open last year due to staff shortages — an issue that’s been building for years, and is felt nationwide — so this year there’s an extra perk: a $1,000 end-of-summer bonus if you apply by April 15, and $500 if you apply by May 15. (Anyone 16 and older can sign up here.)

The inaugural fundraiser of its kind for the city, the gathering at Kelly Pool next to the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park turned out to be a huge success. People were willing to take the plunge, and get things done!

Various businesses and organizations formed teams and participated, as well as veteran swimmers and lifeguards who believe the summertime activity is a necessary amenity for city kids.

Fun was had by all, and money was raised — to the tune of $65,000, Parks & Rec officials told 6ABC.

Scroll down to check out photos of the frigid festivities.