"I am a father of three
boys, Timothy age 8, Matthew age 10 and David age 14. They all love
to watch Hockey Night In Canada and they enjoy going to see the St. John's
Maple Leafs play at Mile One Stadium.
For the previous two years,
the two youngest boys had been taking skating lessons and they wanted to
start playing hockey. I wanted them to learn how to skate before they started
playing hockey, so last year on a vacant lot beside our house, I tried
to build a skating rink. I packed the snow down and flooded it and
had some success in building a rink, but they only got to skate and play
hockey on it a few times before the weather got warm and the rain washed
it away. There were no boards and
they were always looking
in the snow for the hockey puck, so they wanted me to try and build a better
rink the next winter. I told that I would try and build them a better
rink next year.
We live in a new area of
St. John's where a lot of new houses are being built. In the summer
time the young boys in the neighborhood picked up scraps of wood from the
new houses being built and built a club house on a treed vacant lot.
At the end of the summer, they were told that they had to tear it down
because a house was going to be built on the lot. There was a lot
of wood from the club house so I took the wood and thought that I could
use it to make a backyard rink. I had originally planned to build
it on the vacant lot beside our house, but when they started to put a house
on it the beginning of December, plans were changed and it was decided
to build the rink in our back yard.
The weather has cooperated
in St. John's this year and using the wood from the club house, built a
rink ( 24 feet by 48 feet) with boards all around. The boards
are about 18 inches high on the sides and four feet on the ends.
Plastic was purchased to make a liner and the rink was flooded and it is
now ready to skate on and play hockey. Matthew and Timothy really
enjoy playing hockey on there backyard rink with their friends."
Great job Don. Thanks
for the pic.