For safety, it’s important to avoid activities, such as fishing, skating or playing, on frozen stormwater ponds. The ponds are constantly working and water is continuously moving, making the ice inconsistent and unsafe.

Stormwater ponds are part of a broad, citywide stormwater treatment system. Although they have aesthetic value, they are designed to specifically catch contaminants that end up in storm drains and remove them before water goes into the river. Stormwater ponds also serve as extra flood control by providing extra capacity to hold water.