The thin layer of ice on the Garry Point Park pond is not yet safe to skate on, the City of Richmond says, but that hasn’t stopped a few keen winter enthusiasts.
Sub-zero temperatures in Richmond this week and snow Friday ignited hope that the small body of water in the Steveston park could freeze this year, making way for skating and pickup hockey games—winter activities common in other parts of Canada.
According to photos posted to social media, a few eager skaters took to the ice this week despite signs nearby warning them to keep off due to the thin ice.
the ice on Garry Point pond seems to be thick enough for skating, didn't see anyone fall through.🏒 pic.twitter.com/2g1ltA6FPE— Steve B 🍁 (@stevebfazed) February 7, 2019
The City tweeted Friday that the pond is not frozen solid enough to skate on, but said staff would be monitoring the ice through the cold snap.
Although the weather is cold, please note at this time, the pond at Garry Point Park is not frozen solid enough to skate on. Please keep off the thin ice. Our Parks crews will be monitoring the ice thickness through the cold snap. We thank you for your cooperation. #RichmondBC pic.twitter.com/QWkanssT4P— City of Richmond (@Richmond_BC) February 8, 2019
Local hockey players are ready and waiting.
#Richmond peeps! Let us know if/when you hear of Garry Point pond completely freezing over for outdoor #hockey 🏒.— Cyclone Taylor Sports (@cyclonetaylor) February 6, 2019
Went there last night, and no dice...yet 😬 😕! Cc: @RichmondJetsMHA @Richmond_BC @TheRichmondNews #RichmondBC pic.twitter.com/CedJPOLyGq