NYC Parks Warns ~ Don’t Venture Onto the Ice in the Parks!



Central Park

In an advisory today, NYC Parks warns New Yorkers of the dangers of venturing onto ice in parks.

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, urges park visitors to exercise caution while exploring the wintry terrains of New York City’s parks this winter. New Yorkers are reminded to follow ice safety guidelines and to stay off waters that appear frozen as they are likely not and are extremely dangerous, despite their appearance.

Marcus Garvey Park, East Harlem

“This year, our parks transformed into sanctuaries of sanity for so many New Yorkers. As we continue to enjoy the wonder of parks this winter, please remember to stay away from dangerous frozen waterbodies in parks,” said Commissioner Silver. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of our parks’ beautiful terrains and ice-skating rinks this season. It’s a fun way to stay active, enjoy the brisk weather and some family fun–all while staying socially distant from others.”

here are 96 ponds and lakes in parks across the city. To remind New Yorkers of the dangers of thin ice, NYC Parks posts warning signs and red safety ladders–that should only be used by emergency professionals–around waterbody perimeters.

Here are a few NYC Parks’ Ice Safety Tips:

  • Never go on waterbodies that appear frozen.
  • Parents and caregivers should make sure children are never unattended near iced-over waterbodies.
  • If you hear the ice cracking, lie down immediately to try to distribute your weight.
  • If you witness someone falling through ice, call 911 immediately – never attempt to make a rescue by yourself. Be sure to give the exact location and an account of the incident.
From the archives, Central Park

Ice-skating rinks offer a safe and fun way to enjoy the cold weather. For ice skating in New York City parks, checkout NYC Parks’ website for our list of Parks’ rinks.