Lace-up and hit the ice on a homemade skating rink.
How to build a backyard ice rink
- First, measure your rink on a flat and level space. Clear any snow and debris from the ground before you begin.
- Drive wooden garden stakes into the ground at each of the rink’s corners, then use twine to create an outline by tying it around each stake about 10 centimetres off the ground.
- Construct the rink frame by laying planks of plywood or lumber, securing the corners with angle brackets. To provide added support against the weight of the ice, place wooden or rebar stakes along all four sides of the frame.
- Next, lay a clear or white plastic tarp inside the walls of the rink. The liner should hang over the frame by roughly one inch. Smooth out any wrinkles and secure the taut liner with spring clips. Ensure there are no holes.
- Use a garden hose to fill your rink. Always monitor the water level. A minimum of two to three inches of water is recommended for a solid base that can withstand the weight of several skaters.
- Allow the water to freeze. The process can take up to a few days depending on the size of your rink and the outdoor temperature. Generally, you’ll need at least two nights where the temperature drops to -10°C.
- Once the ice is solid, staple the overhanging tarp to the rink frame.
- To maintain a smooth skating surface throughout the winter, sweep the ice regularly using a curling broom. You can pick up supplies from Rona, Home Depot or Home Hardware, where CAA Members earn two percent back in CAA Dollars® when shopping online through the CAA eStore.
- Flood your rink with water about once a week for optimal ice conditions.