How to Make an Ice-Skating Rink in your Backyard
In the winter, Rockland is known for ice management and snow removal in Edmonton. But even we like ice if it involves skates or hockey! As parents of 3 boys, the owners of Rockland spend weekends at the ice rink so we wanted to bring our love of hockey and landscaping together with a fun homemade ice rink!
Here’s how to make a skating rink in your backyard in 7 easy steps:
1) Choose and prepare a spot for your ice rink in the backyard. Look for the most level area in the yard that is away from big objects like boulders or other landscape design features. Clear now down to the grass level.
2) Use 2x12 wood planks to frame out the space. Press the frame solidly into the ground to ensure it is in place and study.
3) Use a 6-mil polyethylene plastic liner to line the backyard skating rink. Measure the plastic liner to be 2 feet bigger than the framed rink on all sides.
4) Fill the ice-skating rink with water one layer at a time. The temperatures need to be well below 0 degrees for a few consecutive days which should not be a problem during the winter in Edmonton!
5) Continue filling the skating rink until your ice is approx. 30 cm thick. Add one last thin layer and smooth out the surface of the ice rink using a flat ice chipper to scrape any bumps or irregularities away.
6) Invite your friends over and pour the hot chocolate because you’ll be playing hockey, skating and having fun all winter long!
7) Maintain your backyard skating rink by clearing the snow with a large shovel or snow pusher and spray with water after use to fill gaps or chips in the ice.
If you need winter snow removal supplies to clear snow for your skating rink, please visit Rockland or shop snow shovels and snow removal equipment online.