Dad Caves to Condo Board, Destroys Snow Fort
John White of Barrhaven, Ottawa, created the huge snow structure over five days in December for his two children, Clara, 3, and Charlie, 2, The Ottawa Citizen reports. A few days after its completion on Dec. 28, White received a notice from Condominium Management Group, the managers of the property on which the fort is built, asking him to take the structure down.
The fort was almost 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide, its walls enclosed a tree and it even featured a window. White built it using snow from surrounding front yards and stacked the snow in blocks, using a stepladder to reach the top.
White tells the paper the original notice asked him to tear down the enormous fort because he didn't ask for permission to build it there. A Jan. 8 story in the Citizen reports he was hopping mad and was prepared to go to court over the structure. He originally called the whole situation laughable.
"Half of me is upset, the other half is just laughing at it because it's so ridiculous. Like give me a break, guys, you're telling me to tear down my kids' snow fort?" White tells the Citizen, adding that he told CMG the fort would come down in April, when the spring thaw would do the job for him.
However, after subsequent conversations with CMG about insurance issues, White agreed to destroy his kids' winter wonderland.
"[They] explained that they answer to insurance companies, and he gave a few examples of similar situations in the past whereby people were hurt, and this is what they are afraid of," White tells the newspaper. "I understand now where they are coming from, and have no problem taking down the fort."