Some 150 boys and girls itching for a massive snowball fight at Newmindspace's Snow Day, "a fun winter afternoon with snowpeople," got a high hard one in the collective head when they arrived at Trinity Bellwoods Park Saturday, February 3, to find the city had put a stop to the festivities.
Turns out the parks and rec supervisor who spoke earlier to organizers forgot to mention to Newmindspace's Kevin Bracken that he'd need a permit to run the snow maker that had been rented for the event.
The threat of a $300 fine for using city power and water to run the snow maker, plus liability insurance issues (apparently organizers didn't have coverage), put a cold stop to the promised fun.
"We're not out to prevent people having fun in parks, but there are certain requirements," says parks supervisor Peter Leiss, who showed up to bust the party.
Newmindspace claims it got hearty approval from area councillor Joe Pantalone's office. But a spokesperson for the councillor says that's not the case. Snow job?
Could the rude interruption have had something to do with the fact that organizers planned to hold their pitched battle smack in the middle of an off-leash area for dogs? Parks staff were running from that suggestion.
Says Bracken, "Imposing restrictions on such a Canadian tradition is absurd."