Building an Ice Rink in Your Backyard for Figure Skating

Figure skating is a sport full of grace with dance styles and movements that astonish audiences around the globe. The skaters are able to achieve so much control over their body movements and literally balancing on a blade at a cost. Figure skating demands significant strength and flexibility which comes with hours upon hours of training. Whether you have ambitions of becoming an Olympic figure skater or just a capable one, you can refine your skills at home by building your own backyard ice skating rink. With a home rink time once wasted travelling to community ice rinks become extra practice hours. Moreover, unlimited practice time on home rink produces instant results.

With few essentials such as a plastic tarp, lumber, rebar stakes, garden hose with spray nozzle and staple gun you can make an ice skating rink in your backyard. Here is how to get started.

The first step in building the ice rink is to get a permit from your state authorities. The process of making the ice rink is noisy which can annoy your neighbours and they can file a complaint against you. To avoid this situation you need to have governmental approvals. Contact an expert commercial property lawyer to get advice on all the rules and regulations related to building an ice rink in your backyard.

Once you have the approval you can start building the rink. Decide where in your backyard the rink will go. An ideal spot is a large piece of lawn that is free of rocks, trees or other obstructions. If the ground is uneven the ice will vary in thickness from one end of the rink to the other. Once you’ve found a flat space measure out the desired size in a rectangular shape. Build the frame using construction boards and each board should be secured with a rebar stake.

When the rink frame has been built, line it up with a white or clear tarp (it is essential to use a light coloured tarp because dark colours absorb heat causing ice to become slush). Push and evenly smooth out the tarp until it completely covers the bottom of the frame as well as sides. Extend the tarp over the edges of the frame and onto exterior leaving enough material so that it is easy to staple it in position. Secure it at corners and at three-foot intervals along the sides. Trim away the excess or roll against the frame.

Once you are done with the framework and ready to fill the rink with water, first check the weather forecast. Provided that next few days are expected to remain below freezing point, go ahead and fill the tarp with about an inch of cold water. It should freeze within 6-8 hours, next with a spray nozzle add one inch of hot water. Repeat the process until you get 5 inches of solid ice. Test the ice by tapping all over the surface with a broomstick. That’s it your ice skating rink is ready to practice.

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