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November 25, 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

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
Parks Quality Assurance



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