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Recreational pond use – ice thickness testing complete

For immediate release: December 17, 2020 - 9:00am

The Saskatoon Fire Department has completed ice thickness testing at storm water retention ponds around the City. The ice must reach a minimum thickness of at least eight inches to be considered safe for public recreational use. Signage has been updated at each pond.

Residents are reminded to check the posted signage each time they consider using the pond. If the sign displays a “Skating Permitted” icon, the ice has been confirmed safe to use. Community members who use the ponds for recreational purposes assume all risk and maintenance responsibilities for the ice including shoveling, flooding, as well as user safety.

We also ask you to follow the provincial Public Health Orders to slow the spread of COVID-19, currently in effect until January 15, 2021:

  • Follow general precautions: stay home if you are feeling sick, sanitize your hands before and after using the rink, and if the pond is busy, come back at another time.
  • Additional physical distancing is required when participating in physical activity. Always stay 2 metres apart from those not in your group and 3 metres apart when on the ice participating in physical activity.
  • Non-medical face masks are not required outdoors; however, if physical distancing cannot be maintained it is recommended all participants wear a mask during physical activity.
  • More information on provincial Public Health Orders found here.

For more information regarding the Recreational Uses of Storm Water Retention Ponds policy, visit

In an emergency, call 911 immediately.