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The Oval on the Common
Canada Games Oval night shot
The Oval Night Shot - February 2011

Halifax Regional Council has accepted staff recommendations and approved a permanent skating oval on the North Commons

people skating at the Canada Games Oval

Residents will now enjoy winter skating on the Halifax Common for years to come! Halifax Regional Council approved a recommendation that a permanent skating oval be installed on the North Common in the same location as the hugely popular Canada Games Oval.

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for specific information about skating on The Oval

Staff report to Council Presentation-Canada Games Oval

March 29, 2011 Council Report

Video representation of oval placement on the Common



2011 Construction Photos

September 2011
Oval construction September 6, 2011 Oval Construction - September 2011
Oval Construction September 2011 Oval construction September 2011
Oval Construction September 2011 Oval Construction September 2011


Throughout the history of the Halifax Common it has been used for a wide variety of recreational and cultural pursuits - from horse and car racing to military encampments, native powwow’s, concerts, circuses and fairs. Traditionally, these activities have taken place in the May to October time frame, however hosting the Canada Winter Games in 2011 speed skatersfacilitated a unique opportunity for winter activities to be held in this public common area. In winter 2010/11 the Common was home to the Canada Games Long Track Speed Skating Oval, and provided residents with the chance not only watch high calibre racing but also to lace up their skates and try speed skating first hand.

Long track speed skating has been part of the Canada Winter Games since the first Canada Winter Games in 1967 in Quebec City (with the exception of the 1987 and 1991). This venue was the first artificially refrigerated long track speed skating oval built in Eastern Canada! Located on the North Common, near the corner of Cogswell and North Park Streets, the track measured 400 metre long, the curves had a radius of about 25 m in the inner lane, and each lane was 3 - 4 m wide. The ice surface was the equivalent of three NHL Hockey surfaces.

Media Coverage

Chronicle Herald - March 30, 2011 - Oval will be here a long time

Metro - March 29, 2011- Council votes to make skating oval permanent

Metro - September 9, 2010 - Oval work starts today

Chronicle Herald - September 8, 2010 - Work on skating oval starts this week.

Chronicle Herald - August 15, 2010 - Workers to start
on speed skating oval

Metro- August 5, 2010- Short-term oval for long-track skaters


North Common Canada Games Plans

Canada Games - Speed Skating

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