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Craig Matheson's Backyard Rink 2002/03
Manorville, New York   USA

January 2003
20' x 30'

Craig writes:

"This is the first rink I have had in probably 15 years, but with the kids looking to skate with me, I figured it was time to break out the hose.

Our rink is 20' x 30' and is made from a 2"x6" frame with a blue tarp as my liner. One of my mistakes I learned from this site after I had started
on the rink, next year I will use white, the blue is killing me with maintenance with softening during the daytime. 

I have three girls ( 2, 5, and 7) that hit the ice whenever they can and the weather here on Long Island cooperates. I started the rink on January 10 and we have been skating on and off since the 13th. We don't always get weather here that is very conducive of a backyard rink but this year we have had some good luck. We do most of our skating at night or early in the morning on the weekends. The surface takes a beating during the day and to try and skate then just rips it apart.

The biggest problem here on Long Island with a rink is the snow. Up north you guys almost always get a powdery snow, but for the most part here it is a wet snow which as we all know is brutal on the ice. But I did come up with a solution for all those "pimples" on the ice after one of our wet snows is removed. I have included a picture of my "ice scraper" with this E-mail, and it was so simple to make. I just took a 2x4 about 4' long and screwed a piece of duct work tin to it with about a half inch exposed past the edge to make a scraping blade. Then a 2x4 handle with two supports to keep it solid. It takes a bit of effort to scrape down the surface, but it does a great job, and after a nice flood afterward the surface is amazing!  I figure many others have figured out something like this, but I thought maybe it may be helpful to someone else with this kind of problem and hasn't figured out a solution yet.

Rink Scraper
Ice Scraper

Once again, thanks for a great site and best of luck to all out there trying to make a rink. It is worth every minute involved just to watch the kids have a blast with something that only love can buy. Best to all."

Nice rink and good idea with the scraper...thanks for sending in your pics Craig.



Last Updated on Sept 21, 2003