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Skating Oval

Clarence Downey Oval


Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval offers an exciting change of pace for skating enthusiasts. You do not need speed skates to enjoy skating the 400 m oval. There are different lanes for different  speeds,  and lots of room for every level of skater.A modern warm-up building lets you lace up your skates in comfort. There is also a vending machine, change rooms and public washrooms.

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

  • Open December 15 - March 3 (weather & ice conditions permitting)
  • Public Skating is free
  • Pucks, hockey sticks, food and drinks are not allowed on the Oval
  • Patrons are allowed on with boots or shoes

Private Rentals

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 Services at 306-975-3366 or fax 306-975-2954. A permit will be issued upon approval.

The Oval common area provides change rooms, washrooms, and warm-up area. Seating capacity is 125. Chairs and ten tables are available as well as a P.S. system (groups must provide own music). Renters are responsible for clean up, set up, and general care of the facility (a damage waiver form is part of the rental contract).

Use of the kitchen can be arranged through the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club; call Jeff Wheler at 306-244-6393. If function includes liquor, a license is required through Provincial Regulations. Insurance and/or security charges may apply for events open to the public.

Private Rental Rates

3 Hour Minimum
$20.00 per hour plus GST

School Rentals

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 or fax 306-975-2954 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.