The Aquatera Community Skating Oval is officially open to the public. Community skaters hit the 400 metre track for the first time this season Sunday afternoon.
The Olympic-sized oval first opened just west of the Eastlink Centre in January 2014, and is free for the public to use. However, ACSO coordinator Bryce McLennan reminds users hockey sticks and pucks aren’t allowed.
“We’re hoping that anyone who has ever wanted to skate or can skate or can’t skate can come on out and give it a try. There’s a lot of wide open space so if you’re not that good at skating, it’s all good; there’s lots of room for you to give it a go.”
Protective gear like helmets and knee pads are recommended, along with warm winter clothing. Lighting was added in 2016 and is on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. The oval is also used by the Peace Wapiti Speed Skating Club.