Roller coaster’s owner apologizes for letting people on ice during winter

CNN PULSE, Toronto (CNN) — Like many Canadians, this Toronto family loves roller coasters. But instead of waiting for December’s peak season to head to Toronto’s CoSport-19 roller rink, they already took advantage last week.

So they weren’t surprised to hear that roller coasters and skating aren’t allowed during winter months at Canada’s largest outdoor amusement park — until now.

Earlier this week, CoSport-19 announced it would let roller coasters at it’s Ontario location at CoStarter South during the winter months, confirming what they’ve long suspected: winter isn’t actually winter in Toronto.

Now, CoSport-19 owners Karan and Siddharth Kapoor say CoSport-19 will be relaxing its rules to make the park more welcoming to skaters of all ages.

“We wanted to see what was going on. And, unfortunately, what was going on was putting people in harms way in terms of safety,” Karan Kapoor said.

Just three days after CoSport-19 announced their plans to let roller coasters and skating happen during winter months, it apologized on Twitter for “any confusion” and took responsibility for putting lifeguards on ice, never meant to be used as a seating area.

“Things are now reverting to normal,” Siddharth Kapoor said.

In 2018, CoSport-19 let roller coasters and skating happen, but again, it said it was an accident that two lifeguards were working ice, never meant to be used as a seating area.

“There were a lot of kids around and if they were skating, the kids could have gotten injured,” Siddharth Kapoor said.

Slide ice, hardly freeze

Three years ago, Time Out Toronto reported on CoSport-19, when CNN reached out to them for comment about their infamously cold parking lot and icy rink.

The report said the park serves as a haven for tourists trying to cool off.

“Since the weather warms up each winter, my family and I have begun making the annual trek to CoSport-19 on York Mills Road, a street that still bears the blaring advertisement billboards of a 21st-century amusement park,” Time Out Toronto wrote in 2015.

“I’ve paid dearly for the privilege of skating on the freshly-tried-and-true frat house turntable. The cross-hairs of my Kinect goggle peripheral have stared me down as I plunged into a slushy bicep blast. Every so often I’ve melted into a squid, bubbling to a frozen plate atop my teammate’s knee, only to flop like a rubber duck into the next rink.”

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