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December 13, 2005
Ice on open bodies of water is unsafe
The City of Toronto advises people to stay off natural ice surfaces on open bodies of water because of significant safety concerns for the public and their pets.

Toronto’s winter weather has changed in recent years. Fluctuations in the temperature in the Greater Toronto Area over recent winters have contributed to the inconsistent formation of ice on open water. These variations impact ice quality and user safety.

The Toronto Police Service Community Relations Office with the Marine Unit has advised that “ice in Toronto is unsafe and unstable.” The use of road salt can make its way into Toronto’s lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, which increases the instability of ice. Storm water sewers also drain into retention ponds, many of which are located in our parks, including High Park - Grenadier Pond.

There are many safe skating opportunities available 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 or visit the City’s Web site at

Media contacts:
Brenda Librecz, General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation,
Carol Cormier, Manager, Parks Quality Assurance, 416-392-8147



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