Victoria Park Oval
The Victoria Park Oval is one of the most scenic outdoor speed skating tracks in Canada.
The Oval is well protected from inclement weather by its location in the River Valley and the surrounding trees, and is home to the Edmonton Speed Skating Club (ESSC).
The ESSC shares the use of the rink with the City to allow public skating outside of club hours.
- 1947 - The City Parks & Recreation Department indicates they would provide a track with the proviso that all community clubs would amalgamate into one association.
- 1949 - An 8 lap to the mile (200 meter) track was prepared in Diamond Park in Rossdale in 1948 and the ESSA was formed in 1949.
- 1959 - The Canadian Olympic Trials were held on this track.
- 1969 - The oval was moved to Clarke Stadium (Commonwealth Stadium)to accommodate a 400m track, then moved to Coronation Park in 1969
- 1975 - Small skating rink in Victoria Park enlarged to a 333 m speed skating oval.
- 1985 - Oval is enlarged to 400 m Olympic size track.
- 1990 - "The Vision of the Future of Speed skating in Edmonton" is written.