KITCHENER – They may look like tranquil bodies of water, but there’s a lot happening below the surface of stormwater management ponds.

There are 152 stormwater management ponds across the City of Kitchener that play an important role in keeping neighbourhoods safe. These engineered ponds collect stormwater runoff including sediment, debris, road salt and pollutants which help to reduce localized flooding, control downstream erosion, and ensures cleaner water flows into our environment.

While their shiny and slippery surface during the winter may look appealing for ice skating, these ponds can be very dangerous. When stormwater ponds freeze over during the winter, the thickness of the ice becomes highly unpredictable and makes for very dangerous conditions.

Stormwater ponds should not be used for any recreational activity at any time of the year.

Please exercise caution around frozen ponds and bodies of water. Never skate or walk on these ponds.

We know community members are looking for activities to do during the province-wide shutdown, but for your safety, please stay off these ponds. For fun and safe activities you can do with your household this winter, check out Reimagine Winter by visiting

Stay safe this winter. Stay off the ponds.


For more information:

Shawn Falcao
Manager, Communications and Marketing