Speed skating oval opens today, Dec. 15
Written by Gordie Howe Sports Complex staff
December 15, 2022
Lots of options for public skating
The Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval is set to open for the season today on Thursday, December 15.
The Oval will be open for public skating from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on that day. Last season, the Oval had a large influx of visitors and was very popular.
We look forward to seeing a lot of the visitors from last season and new visitors for this season.
We are happy and humbled to see the interest. The oval is here to provide recreation and physical activity opportunities for you.
We want to thank our flooding crew for working super hard the last number of weeks to get the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval ready.
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.
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
The Oval will be closed select holidays
The Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval will be closed on holiday days.
They include December 24 to 26, December 31 and January 1, 2021.
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 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.