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My 2000 Backyard Rink

    This year was somewhat of a success.  I erected some fencing in the area where I always make my rink and used plastic again.  We got some snow around Christmas, and on January 1st I got to work.  There was no wind that day so I leveled out the snow (more on that later) and placed some boards all around the perimeter.   I fastened the boards to the fence in the corners and joined them together everywhere else.  I then laid the plastic (20'x50') in the rink "bed", stapled it to the fence and wood, and let the water run for about 7 or 8 hours.  I ended up with 6" of water in the deepest end and 4" in the shallowest end.

    That night and the next day were pretty cold...around -15 Celsius (5 F).  The ice was frozen enough by 4:00PM on Jan 2 that my children could skate on it without breaking the ice.  I was too heavy.  That was one of the quickest times any of my rinks were skated on.  It was a good thing we skated right away...this winter was consistently wet!!  We had 2 or 3 days of rain just about every week.  It would get cold again on the weekends but it would take me 2 days to get the ice back to skating condition again.  It was very frustrating.

    To further elevate the frustration, after so much rain, the snow that I used to level out the base had melted and the plastic dropped in one corner and a lot of the water ran off...and because the plastic had dropped I couldn't fill the water to the level I originally had.  I had to settle for 4 inches in the deep and 1 inch in the shallow end, for the rest of the winter.  The moral of the story is:  DON'T USE SNOW TO LEVEL OUT A BASE!!

    We did get to use the rink for about 6 or 7 weeks though...after that we had a lot of rain and really mild temps.  The big bonus this year was that my 3 and 1/2 year old daughter learned how to skate on this years rink.  She took right to the ice and was skating after her 3rd or 4th time out.  I couldn't keep her off it...she used it more than my son.  That alone was enough reason to make another rink next year.

    Here is a picture of 2000's rink:

My Boy and Girl!!
2000 Rink
20' x 45'



 
 

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Last Updated on Sept 1, 2001