Canada Games Oval
History and future
In December 2010, the oval was opened to the public for public skates and skating lessons. The oval was from February 12 to 16, 2011, for long track speed skating competitions. The oval hosted speed skating events in the Canadian Masters Championships, January 15–16, 2011 and the 2011 Canada Games, February 11–27, 2011. The oval is slated to be removed in March 2011. After initial delays opening, caused by unseasonably warm temperatures in HRM, the oval opened to tremendous response from the community. Hundreds of people have come out each day, for free skating, with some estimates placing attendance as high as 2,000 people in a single day. Due to the overwhelming response, Halifax mayor Peter Kelly is calling for the fixture to be made permanent. Former District 12 Councillor Dawn Sloane agreed the venue is very popular and is calling for studies on the long-term costs of operating a permanent facility.
- "HRM Canada games oval page". HRM. Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Retrieved 16 February, 2011.
- "2011 Canada Games Venues"
- "Keep the Common skating oval - Tim Bousquet/The Coast"
- "Commons oval should be a permanent fixture: mayor - News957 January 4, 2011
- "Permanent Halifax skating rink a possibility - CBC January 1, 2011"
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