Town of Newmarket Warns Dangers of Skating on Stormwater Pond and Open Water
The Town of Newmarket would like to remind the community to take extreme caution around local bodies of water such as Fairy Lake, the Holland River and stormwater ponds.
Newmarket has over 65 stormwater management ponds in Town which stores and treats rainwater. Stormwater ponds are 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.
Due to the recent tragedy in Southern Ontario, the Town urges residents to refrain from using stormwater ponds for any type of recreational use. The Town’s by-law department will continue to monitor and enforce those participating in any activities like skating, fishing, swimming, or tobogganing which are not allowed on any body of water in Newmarket.
Outdoor skating is available at Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). All participants will be required to book their skate session in advance at play.newmarket.ca. Additionally, gameplay is not permitted on any existing rinks due to COVID-19 provincial and public health guidelines.
There are over 800 acres of parkland in Newmarket with many trails and open spaces to enjoy during the winter season. For more information please visit newmarket.ca/parks.