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January 14, 2004
Residents urged not to skate on ice surfaces on ponds in city parks
Toronto Parks and Recreation warns Toronto residents that frozen ice surfaces
over bodies of water within city parks are not safe for skating or other
activities. The Toronto Police Marine Unit advises that despite the recent cold
weather, ice conditions remain unsafe.

"Toronto's winter weather has changed in recent years. Fluctuations in
temperature in the Greater Toronto Area over winter have contributed to the
inconsistent formation of ice on open water. These variations impact ice
quality and user safety," said Brenda Librecz, Acting General Manager, Parks
and Recreation.

In addition, road salt used in urban centres such as Toronto makes it way to
ponds, rivers, streams and lakes, increasing the instability of ice. Storm
water sewers also drain into retention ponds, many of which are located in
parks, such as Grenadier Pond in High Park.

"The safety of Toronto residents and their pets is our top priority. We urge
Torontonians to enjoy the pleasure of skating in a safe way, by using the
artificial outdoor ice rinks and the many indoor arenas throughout the city,"
Librecz added.

Residents wishing to find out the location of an ice rink in their community
can call 416-338-RINK (7465), or check the City's Web site at

Media contact:
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Department Media Hotline 416-560-8726



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