The City of Toronto is taking a harder stand against residents who illegally use city ice rinks.
Emergency Management Head Matthew Pegg cautioned Wednesday that paid-duty police and municipal security officers will beef up patrols at the city’s 54 outdoor skating rinks.
Since Dec. 23, Toronto police have charged 19 people under the Trespass to Property Act for illegal acts of hockey on city-owned ice, Pegg said.
The city opened outdoor ice rinks Nov. 28 with strict rules — only reserved-space leisure skating is permitted from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with a hard limit of 25 people at any one time.
All other uses of outdoor ice, including hockey, is prohibited and those caught playing hockey will be charged, according to city officials.
Enforcement teams are also cracking down on illegal tobogganing on city ski and snowboarding hills.