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Ed Rendell's Backyard Rink 2002
Hornepayne ON, Canada

January 2002

Ed's 4th. backyard rink in as many years is approx. 85' x 35'. He uses 3 lights (500 watt floods) for night skating. 

He has 2 kids aged 10 (boy) and 8 (girl) and they love this rink every year. He describes how he built his rink:

"I started with a snow base in the backyard 80' by 30'.  First compressing the snow with my snowmobile, then with snowshoes. I like to leave it overnite and soak it down the next day. I pump water with a 2" Yamaha gas pump, pumping water right out of the river which runs by my place. For the next seven days (less if it's colder than the -10C we have been having) I pump water and start building up the low spots. Like I said it took 9 days this year, but it's worth it, we had a great skate tonite, my boy loves his hockey and the daughter love to figure skate, me, I try both! Right after the kids went to bed, I did a scrape and flood. Looks great, super flat and level. the trick with the pump is, not too much water! just enough to cover, and never go over a spot you just sprayed, or you create slush by running fresh water into partly freezing water. 

I love to build a rink for the kids and their friends. As a final note:
Once you have the nice sheet of ice, the only maintenance is scraping and the occasional flood if it gets chewed up."

Thanks Ed for the pic and the info.



Last Updated on Feb 5, 2002