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Congratulations Halifax Nova Scotia Canada on New 400m Oval: Outdoor Speed Skating for Everyone; Medals and Tourists to Follow

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OK this is super news from Canada that North America is keeping one grand 400-metre oval for the world to enjoy...and it is outdoors! We've been following this one for a while

  • http://roadskater.net/outdoor-skating-oval-opens-weather-permitting-halifax-ns-canada
  • http://roadskater.net/canada-games-oval-halifax-nova-scotia-boosting-speedskating-interest
and we've been hoping for the encouraging news to continue. It seems that Halifax has decided to keep the extremely popular oval permanently IF they can cover it in the budget. (http://www.globalwinnipeg.com/Halifax+City+Council+will+keep+Skating+Oval+budget+cover/4523661/story.html) How can they not?
This has been an extremely popular venue and a hot topic even on our mostly not ice mostly road skating and cycling for charity site (#2 and #10 on the six-month activity chart http://roadskater.net/halflife/sixmonth). There's still a budgeting hurdle to follow, but it is looking more and more positive as it goes along. The people voted with their feet this winter and put on the skates with their families before the Canada Games. I believe many from near and far will come to Halifax Commons to see and be part of this. 
I'm not sure of the details but this is great news, and I would love to make a trip to see it some day. I believe this will boost Nova Scotia's chances in regional and national and international events, but I also believe it will mean a lot to the health and sense of community...and for the downtown economy...of Halifax. I love a story where something is suddenly more popular than everyone expected, and when that involves skating outdoors, so much the better! Can you imagine an exercise venue becoming so popular...and remaining free? Country Park is kind of like that (but with a 1.6 mile oval that's not so flat, I can attest). You go, Canada.


Oval puts NS on fast track - TheChronicleHerald.ca

Oval puts NS on fast track
WAVERLEY'S EVAN TARAS will never enjoy a Canada Games medal in long-track speedskating, but he can imagine a day a Nova Scotia athlete just might. The 18-year-old Taras, who competed for Nova Scotia in ...

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