London-Middlesex is in the Red/Control category of the Provincial Keeping Ontario Safe and Open framework. A number of City facilities have reopened to the public for in-person programs and services.
The City of London would like to remind residents to stay off stormwater management ponds this winter, as they are not safe for skating, hockey, sledding or any form of recreational activity at any time of year.
Stormwater management ponds are not naturally occurring ponds. They are constructed to improve surface water quality, provide flood protection and reduce erosion. There are more than 50 of these ponds throughout London, typically found in newer subdivisions and can be identified by their headwall, which is a concrete structure with a large pipe at one edge of the pond.
Residents are asked to stay safe and stay off of the ponds. Stormwater management ponds are unsafe for skating, tobogganing, and ice hockey for a number of reasons:
While stormwater management ponds are unsafe for winter recreation, they are safe to visit and walk around, as long as residents stay off the ice.