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Oct. 15, 2021 | Friday
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Stay off storm water ponds, town warns
A locked gate secures the town property where a storm water pond is located behind Tim Hortons on Niagara Stone Road in Virgil. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is warning residents frozen storm-water ponds around town are not for recreational use, and has put out an advisory to keep off the ice, or risk facing charges.

The town issued the advisory after staff received reports of people playing hockey on the frozen ponds behind Tim Hortons on Niagara Stone Road in Virgil. According to the town, the ponds are not safe for skating due to changing water levels and conditions.

“Storm water ponds are never safe to walk or skate on, regardless of the perceived thickness of the ice. The ponds experience fluctuations in their water level that can create thin layers of ice over water,” Shaunna Arenburg, executive assistant to lord mayor and CAO, said in an email response about the issue.

If residents see anyone on the ice they are asked to report it immediately to town staff.

The Virgil pond is fenced-off with a locked gate.

Residents gained access to the ice after the gate was vandalized, Arenburg said.

The town has since repaired the gate and, to prevent injury, police will be notified of anyone found on the town storm water ponds.

A list of town ponds was not provided “in the interest of public safety.”