"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.
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.