Hundreds of Haligonians will soon carve their skates into the freshly laid ice of the Canada Games oval on the Halifax Common.

Depending on the weather, the oval is set to open in mid-December for a variety of free public events. Tentatively, the first public skate is Thursday, Dec. 16.

“We expect people will be really excited and want to come out and try it,” said Mary Angela-Munro, Canada Games oval co-ordinator.

Munro said the Learn to Skate program, scheduled to start Dec. 18, will be offering free skating lessons for people of all ages and skill levels.

“So if kids get skates for Christmas they can come down, check it out and take as many lessons as they want,” Munro said yesterday, as she stood in front of the oval while more than 20 workers were working to bring the ice to fruition.

Munro said on-the-spot lessons will also be provided by skating monitors during the free skates. She said free helmets and skate rentals are available.

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