Speed skating oval to be built at Angrignon Park

You may not be able to skate on Beaver Lake any more, but the city wants to ensure that speed skating enthusiasts have a place to practice.

Montreal Executive Committee President 
Benoît Dorais announced yesterday that the city has signed a $5.2 million dollar contract with a private firm to build a temporary long-track speed skating oval at Angrignon Park which will open next year.

La Presse says it's a three-year pilot project for the rental of a three-lane refrigerated track that meets International Skating Union standards.

Both elite athletes and recreational skaters will have access.

The Quebec Speed Skating Federation estimates that as many as 100 elite skaters in Montreal travel to Quebec City to train because it is the only long-track rink in the province.