Aspen Court prepares for Polar Bear


By Evan Jones, @EvanJones_DE

After Solar Bear 2015 ended with several party goers being pepper sprayed by police, Aspen Court Apartments is laying down new rules ahead of Polar Bear 2016, a drinking event started by Pinch Penny Pub that has grown to encompass other areas of Carbondale.

Apartment complex employees posted a flyer with several ground rules around the premises for this weekend.

Sanctions include fencing off the grass area between apartment buildings P and Q adjacent to the pool, banning of DJs and PA systems and prohibiting of people on rooftops, and hanging out of windows, according to a flyer posted on the premises. The area near the Q building has been a popular congregation spot for partygoers and music during the past couple semesters.


Brian Marik, property manager at Aspen Court Apartments, said Polar Bear is a bar event and the organization have never promoted the parties.

“We want people to be safe, we don’t want anyone to get hurt,” he said. “Last year we had extra security because we knew what was happening. This year we’re going to have heavy security and fence off some areas. We want people to have a good time — we just don’t want destroyed property. After the Solar Bear problems, we don’t want that to happen again.”

There were also noise warnings posted on the sheets from the Carbondale’s new sound ordinance.

In apartment buildings, noise cannot be heard from more than 25 feet away at night and 50 feet during the day.

Fines will be handed out to any tenants or apartments who violate the rules.

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