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February 6, 2009
Torontonians asked to be aware of unsafe open-ice conditions
The City of Toronto reminds residents to stay off natural ice surfaces on open bodies of water because of significant safety concerns for the public and their pets.

With unseasonably mild temperatures predicted this coming weekend, Toronto Police Service Marine Unit and Toronto Water have advised that ice on open water and on stormwater management ponds in Toronto is unstable and never truly safe. The use of road salt can make its way into Toronto’s lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, which increases the instability of ice. Stormwater sewers also drain into retention ponds, many of which are located in our parks, including High Park’s Grenadier Pond.

Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division provides many safe skating opportunities for residents and visitors to Toronto, including artificial outdoor ice rinks and arenas. Residents can call 416-338-RINK (7465) for the nearest location in their community, check their local FUN Guide or visit the City’s website at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Parks, Forestry and Recreation media hotline, 416-560-8726,



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