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January 21, 2005
Frozen ponds in City parks unsafe for skating
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 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 of Parks and Recreation.

In addition, road salt makes its 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," Librecz
added. "We urge Torontonians to safely enjoy the pleasure of skating by using
the artificial outdoor ice rinks and the many indoor arenas throughout the

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

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