Winter is coming, and we’re all looking for ways to make sure our kids stay active through the long, cold winter months.
Building our own backyard ice rink sounds like a laborious undertaking, but it does not have to be. It is possible to create an ideal hockey rink right in your own back yard with no tools and little time invested, with a backyard rink kit, so let’s start planning!
First, the very first step in planning an ideal backyard rink is to ensure your yard is suitable. You want to use stakes, string, and a line level to determine your yard’s slope. If you don’t do this first, you are apt to run into issues down the line. Stake out the four corners. You determine the slope by tying the string to the highest stake four inches above ground. Run the string with the line level to the next corner. Measure the distance to the ground. Subtract the four inches from the first post and that is your slope. Repeat this step with the other two posts. This will enable you to have the right water levels prior to installing the rink.
Second, order a rink kit online. By far the easiest method of installing a backyard ice rink, rink kits offer an affordable, easy way to get the kids out and skating in no time. They come in various sizes and are easily adjustable for smaller yards and areas making it very hard not to find an ideal kit for your needs. For any ice rink, water leakage can cause issues and subpar skating conditions. Rink liners prevent this from happening and with any good kit, the liner is included.
Third, we need to add some water. A Rink Master backyard ice resurfacer is an ideal choice for this step as it provides greater benefit than a traditional hose due to its even distribution, bubble free layering and terry cloth spreader. An ice resurfacer from Rink Master creates what any hockey enthusiast would claim is the perfect skating surface, turning any backyard ice rink into an arena quality experience.
Fourth, now that the rink and is completely set up, all that is needed is a couple of nets, and whatever accessories the family deems necessary ranging from skate mats to flooding clothes.
In under two hours, you and your entire family can turn your backyard into a beautiful backyard rink complete with professional style ice conditions. For the rest of the winter all one has to do is lace up the skates and walk out the back door.