Con­sid­er­ing a skat­ing rink in the back­yard?

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Who hasn’t wished they could have their own skat­ing rink in their back­yard? It’s not that hard to bring about, so it’s up to you to make your dream come true.

The site

The first step is to de­cide whether you’ll use the rink for skat­ing or hockey. For the lat­ter, you’ll need a big­ger area of ice, about 5 x 13 me­tres. The ideal lo­ca­tion is close to a source of wa­ter and not in full sun.

The struc­ture

To build a level skat­ing rink, you’ll need level ground. If your back­yard is cov­ered in grass, pro­tect it with a poly­eth­yl­ene sheet. Of course, a con­crete sur­face (not as­phalt) is ideal. If you want your rink to have sides, they can be made of wood, to which the poly­eth­yl­ene ground sheets can be sta­pled, or snow.

The sur­face

Tem­per­a­tures have to be at least -10° C for sev­eral days in a row in or­der to make the ice. Then all you have to do is cover the sur­face to a depth of 10 cm with wa­ter from a gar­den hose and wait for it to freeze — it may take a few days. Be sure to empty the hose and turn off the tap when you’re fin­ished so that the pipes won’t freeze and burst.


Main­te­nance is the se­cret to a suc­cess­ful ice rink. All fresh snow has to be re­moved reg­u­larly and about 3 mm of wa­ter added to the ice sur­face from time to time. Re­move the poly­eth­yl­ene ground cover as soon as the ice melts at the end of the win­ter.


Has your home skat­ing rink project been on ice for a while? Not any­more!

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