Toronto Councillors appear to be going forward with their plan to legalize skating on Grenadier Pond, despite pleas from city lawyers against such a decision.
The lawyers warned that the city could be liable if somebody skates through the ice of the salty High Park storm retention pond.
Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette said she understands the lawyers’ fears, but said skaters have consistently ignored the warning signs that were post back in 2001, and no injuries have occurred.
Good news, right? Well, not so fast.
The Parks committee decided that in order to allow the public to skate on the pond, they’ll have to create a $50,000 ice-monitoring program, starting in the winter of 2016-17. A city staffer would need to be trained to be an “ice engineer,” according to the Toronto Star HERE.
If the ice is unsafe, a red flag will be posted as a warning.
Is this necessary? Aren’t people smart enough to recognize when a chunk of ice isn’t safe to skate on?