The Oval is here for you

Written by Gordie Howe Sports Complex staff


January 14, 2022



The hours of operation for the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval.

The Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval is still one of the popular winter spots to get active and have fun in Saskatoon.

Since the Oval opened up for the 2020-21 season this past Dec. 11, 2021, we’ve seen a good influx of people coming to use the facility during public skating hours. We’ve even had hearty souls dress in many layers of clothes to take part in skating sessions in the frigid cold.

During more pleasant winter days, skaters flock to the Oval in droves.

We are happy and humbled to see the interest. The Oval is here to provide recreation and physical activity opportunities for you.

The Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club has called the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval home since 1942 and continues to contribute to the Gordie Howe Sports Complex in various ways.

We look forward to seeing lots of new and returning visitors over the rest of this season.

The Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval a hub of winter activity for the City of Saskatoon with a number of options for public skating.

Public skating hours are as follows:

Public Skating Hours *Free of Charge
Monday- Thursday: 11 am – 3:30 pm & 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm
Friday: Closed to the Public
Saturday: 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Getting to the Oval is easy

It is quite easy to get access to the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval.

The Oval entrance is located at the south corner of Dudley Street and Avenue R. The entrance is the same one that is used to get to the Leakos Field and Cairns Field baseball parks.

Signage is in place to direct you to the parking lot of the Oval.

The map below can be used as a helpful tool to get to the Oval’s entrance.

The map that shows the entrance to the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval.

The Gordie Howe Sports Complex hopes all users of the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval will have an enjoyable skating season. All skating skill levels are welcome to enjoy the 400-metre outdoor oval and speed skates are not necessary.

A skater enjoys getting his strides in at the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval. (Photo by Darren Steinke)