Fire Services and Municipal Enforcement would like to remind residents that there is danger of falling through the ice on storm retention ponds and the Sheep River due to changing water levels. Storm pond water/ice recreation use is prohibited in Okotoks. It is dangerous to walk, play or skate on any open bodies of water.
Due to the runoff of road salts into the ponds, the saltwater has a lower freezing point than freshwater, which means ice will be thinner and weaker and not worth the risk to venture out on. Water quality and changing weather conditions also compromise the ice causing the thickness to be significantly reduced.
Watch this Global News Video on citizens who fell through the ice in Leduc when using Storm Water Ponds for recreational skating.
Stay safe and use the outdoor rinks & toboggan runs supported by the Town of Okotoks, that are located on public lands throughout town. Rinks are snow cleared and flooded as resources permit on normal business days.