Follow these instructions to build a fun outdoor ice rink the whole family can enjoy.
- First find a flat area for your rink. If there is snow on the ground shovel it out of the way. You should not have more than a 6 degree slope from one end to the other.
- Layout and attach your boards. You are going to want somewhere between 4-10 inches of ice so make sure you have boards that can accommodate.
- Fasten the boards together to create the frame of the rink.
- Put support steaks into the ground around the frame. As water freezes it will expand putting pressure on the frame. The steaks will help hold everything into place.
- Now that the frame is secured place a full seamless white tarp inside the frame. Make sure the tarp is big enough to wrap around the outside of the frame.
- A white tarp is key as it won’t absorb much light and heat.
- Push the tarp into the edges and over the top of your frame.
- Secure the tarp to the frame around the top and outside of the frame. Make sure you don’t puncture the top or it won’t hold any water.
- Now you are ready to add water!
- Pay close attention to the weather, you will need consecutive cold days to get a solid freeze.
- Fill the frame with cold water, I would recommend a slow steady process, fill with 2-3 inches and let it freeze. Repeat until you get your desired thickness.
- Once the ice is fully frozen it is ready for skating! Make sure you clean after every use and apply a thin layer of hot water to keep the ice smooth.
- Make sure to clean snow off as soon as possible as it will insulate the ice and could soften the surface.
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