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City urges residents not to use Storm Ponds for recreation
Posted Date: 12/11/2017
The City of Grande Prairie would like to remind residents of the significant safety risks associated with using the City’s Storm Ponds for recreational usage, especially during unpredictable weather conditions.

“The ice thickness can vary drastically from one location to the next due to the storm pipes entering the ponds. This results in very unstable ice formations that present a risk to even walk on, without a monitoring program to measure ice thickness” says Robert Carroll, Transportation Services Manager for the City. “City Storm Water ponds were never designed to be used for recreational activities.”

These storm water ponds are located throughout the City, included but not limited to:
• Ivy Lake
• Crystal Lake
• Crystal Lake Storm Facility
• O’Brien Lake
• Pinnacle Ridge and Pinnacle West
• Royal Oaks North
• Bickell’s Pond (Summerside)
• Westgate East
• Signature Falls

Grande Prairie Fire Department staff will be removing nets, boards and benches at all locations.

The City has noted multiple unauthorized rinks locations on storm water facilities. In some cases, it appears that ATVs and small tractors have been taken out on the ice.

Residents are reminded that the Use of Public Lands Bylaw (C-1078) prohibits the use of these ponds for skating and hockey. Vehicles are not permitted to access these sites.

Safe Skating Sites

“The pond at Muskoseepi is monitored and maintained by the City. Parks Operations maintains 5 Outdoor Hockey rinks and volunteers maintain over 25 Neighborhood Park Outdoor rinks. “These sites provide many safe options for outdoor recreational skating” says Josy Burrough, Parks Manager for the City.

More Information

More information on where these are located can be found on the City website at www.cityofgp.com/rinks. Residents may also speak to a customer service representative by calling the Citizen Contact Centre at 780-538-0300.