Winnipeg ponds closed to skaters

Winnipeg ponds closed to skaters

Warning Preparedness Meteorologist with Environment Canada, Natalie Hasell said after this week and the weekend of cold temperatures, we'll see a very slow, gradual increase in temperatures.

The skating season at the Riley Family Duck Pond is over, Assiniboine Park said Wednesday, adding that a melt brought on by warmer weather has made the ice on the pond unsafe.

All outdoor pleasure rinks and skating ponds managed by the City of Winnipeg have also closed for the season due to the changing weather.

The City of Winnipeg passed on a message from first responders, urging parents and teachers to talk to kids and students about the potentially-deadly dangers of waterways.

The City of Winnipeg is warming that ice on the city's retention ponds is not safe. Mark Reshaur, Assistant Chief with the Winnipeg fire and paramedics talked about the thin ice warning in Winnipeg.

As spring approaches it is important to recognize the longer days and sunshine is melting all the ice in around the city. Reshaur explained the thin ice warning is actually in effect year-round for retention ponds as the ice conditions are not routinely monitored. Reshaur says the city recommends people to stay off of retention ponds year round.

Fellow Winnipeggers, please pay attention to the Thin Ice Warning, be careful and do not go or take your family to any of the city ponds for ice skating or other activities on the ice!

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