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An oval lot of skaters take to ice

About 200 people were on hand for the official public opening of the long-track speedskating oval on Halifax’s North Common last night.

About 200 people were on hand for the official public opening of the long-track speedskating oval on Halifax’s North Common last night.

The oval will be HRM’s marquee venue for the 2011 Canada Winter Games, taking place Feb. 11-27.

Members of the Dartmouth Speed Skating Club skated under the blue ribbon, kicking off the first public skate on the oval.

One person who didn’t don the blades was Mayor Peter Kelly. He was in attendance but said that it’s been nearly 40 years since he last skated and that he has to relearn.

Until the opening of the games, the oval will host up to four public skating sessions a day, seven days a week.

HRM will also be holding school skating sessions and learn-to-skate workshops at the oval.

The free skates and other programming are subject to conditions such as weather and ice maintenance, so people should check www.skatehrm.ca for updated schedules.

 
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