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abln

02:53PM | 12/15/01
Member Since: 12/21/00
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What is the best way to build a backyard ice skating rink? Do the skating rinks ruin the lawn?

Thanks

Matches

05:03PM | 12/15/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Hi abln,
I can answer the second part of your question.Growing up, our neighbor used to run the hose in his backyard during freezing weather for us kids to skate on.Ice will not harm the lawn (which is dormant in winter)but as I remember,come spring the yard was very muddy when all the ice melted.Perhaps this problem could be addressed in planning for some kind of drainage for the rink.

Iceman

11:01PM | 12/15/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear albn,
I've seen an ice rink similar to a aboveground pool but about an 1 1/2" deep, but I don't know if it is still manufactured. Try an internet search.
Good Luck, Len

mr_me

03:18PM | 01/07/03
Member Since: 12/23/02
32 lifetime posts
there's a couple of ways to build an ice rink..ist you can just shovel out a section for the rink to be and use the snow to make banks, which will keep the water trapped so it can freeze..the other way is to use boards about 6" high..just wedge them in along the snow banks and fill with water..it will take a couple of days to get a nice thick smooth surface...a little tip to smooth out the rough ice at first...just take a snow shovel and push it around the rink scraping all the little ice bumps off...keep applying water as soon as the previous layer's are frozen...good luck..and have fun

joed

03:50AM | 01/08/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Here is what I used to do.
Put your kids on the tobogan and pull htem around to pack the snow down where you wnat the rink. Put the sprinker out and let it water the lawn. Move around to get the size rink you want.
When the ice is thick enough, go out with a steel shovel and knock all the grass pionts off and get the ice relatively smooth.
Start flooding with hose until you get it flat and smooth. If you use the snow for banks water it as well to make ice edges that will hold the water like a pool. Let it freeze good between flooding.

DO NOT do this over your septic drain field.

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