This idea stemmed from years of growing up near a creek. There was a run off of water that was only inches wide deep and made a pretty good size skating area for the ice skating rinks for hire neighborhood kids to play without the worry of breaking ice dangers. Although you can now purchase kits to build your own rink, this is not only easier on the wallet but also increases the opportunity for family members to work together on the project.
We built our rink 24′ by 24′ which proved to be plenty of room to get around, but did not take up the whole yard. You may want to go larger or smaller depending on your needs. The first step will be purchasing the materials and getting together the equipment we will need to put this idea together. My material list will comprise a trip to the local materials yard for 8 2x6x12, treated a 36×36 published of heavy plastic (you can find reinforced plastic as well), 4 1x1x12’s treated, and 1 ½”aluminum nails. The equipment we need add a staple firearm with ½” staples, I prefer my Bosch Miter Saw and Bosch Miter Saw Stand, hammer and mallet, and a rectangular, and your garden hose. Again this can be downsized or made larger per your family’s needs.
Make sure the spot you have chosen to build this backyard entertainment center is level and totally free of rocks with preferably a nice bed of turf. The equipment needed are minimal so i set up my Bosch Miter Saw Stand and my Bosch saw and begin cutting my 1×1’s into 12 1′ sections. These 1′ sections are then angled 90 degree on one side about what will be the bottom of our own support pegs. After our cuts are made and pegs are finished we simply lay the 12′ 2×6’s down one-by-one and nail the pegs on the outside of making level with top of 2×6 and placing every two feet, the angled end will be going into the garden soil so the flat top of stake should be level.
When you’re done tough side boards with the attached pegs, you’re now want to a couple more hands for the next step so gather up some more family members and let’s go. With three of you holding the board you will begin one end of the first board and from in the grass in your designated location and hammer the pegs into the ground until all pegs are 6″ into the ground and your 2×6 is exposed. You may then repeat the process butting the second board against the first and putting your rectangular in the corner just to make sure we end up with a rectangular and not a diamond rink, although that would probably be an interesting design. Hammering the pegs into the ground and repeating the last step again on the other 2×6 forming your rectangular. Our next step with be to lay our plastic out over our rectangular with inches wide also hanging over. With help from the family go around and even up the plastic every side should have 6″ to cover inside 2×6 and 6″ for the outside of the 2×6. Once this is complete you will use your Bosch staple firearm to attach the plastic to the 2×6 on the outside of only and make sure the staples are sunk and not firmly sticking up for they could cause injury.
Your final step up this process is to get your garden hose out of storage and fill you ice rink with 4 inches wide of water leaving a 2 inch space to the the top of 2×6. Make sure you put your hese away as to ruin it and then give assembling your garden shed a couple of days to stop if needed, depending on where you live. When frozen put on the ice skates and have fun.