The Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval offers an exciting change of pace - and scenery - for skating enthusiasts. You do not need speed skates to come out and enjoy the 400 m Oval, as there are different lanes available for different speeds, and plenty of overall room for every level of skater. New, improved facilities are under construction, and in the meantime, a temporary warm-up shack is available for skaters to change their skates. Admission is FREE.
Fun Fact: The Oval was named after the first coach of the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club, which operates the facility in cooperation with the City of Saskatoon.
Public Skating Information
- Opening Date: December 16, 2019
- Public Skating is FREE
- Pucks, hockey sticks, food and drinks are not allowed on the Oval
- Patrons are allowed on with boots or shoes
The Oval is available for private group rentals Monday to Thursday after 8:00 p.m., all day Friday, and after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday. Bookings must be for a minimum of three hours. Applications are available through Customer Service at 306-975-3366. A permit will be issued upon approval.
New this year is online booking, which allows members of the public to easily book the Oval for a private event by visiting https://app.bookking.ca/gordiehowesportscomplexpub.
Private Rental Rates
3 Hour Minimum
$20.00 per hour plus GST
The Oval is available Free of charge to school groups Monday to Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Schools must contact Customer Services at 306-975-3366 prior to their booking to ensure sufficient personnel are scheduled. Public time commences at 2:00 p.m. Any bookings outside these times are processed as private rentals.