Residents are reminded to take caution around local bodies of water such as Fairy Lake, the Holland River and storm water ponds. Although ice may appear thick enough to venture out on, it may not be. Use extreme caution and advise your children that ice is unsafe for skating or playing.
Newmarket has over 65 stormwater management ponds in Town which stores and treats rainwater. It's designed to prevent flooding, erosion and improve the quality of water before it is gradually released back into the nearest stream or river. Please take extra caution around all bodies of water and remind children to not play in the area. Stay off of any stormwater pond as they are not safe for use.
The ponds may look safe, but it's what's below the surface that makes them different from regular ponds. As a result, water flow and water levels can fluctuate quickly without warning.
Activities like skating, fishing, swimming or tobogganing are not allowed on any body of water in Newmarket. Please do not dump unwanted fish or aquarium pets in the stormwater ponds. Let's all do our part and protect the environment from the negative effects of stormwater.