Growing up, every hockey fan dreams of having their own backyard ice rink. Some of the best to have every played the game spent their childhood winters out on the ice: Wayne Gretzky, Neal Broten, and Sidney Crosby to name just a few. Just as the greats did when they were young, you can have your own backyard ice rink to hone your puck handling and skating skills.
However, building an outdoor rink means that you are always at the mercy of the weather. Wouldn’t it be much easier if there was a way to construct your own backyard ice rink that was indoors? With Future Buildings, there is. Here is our guide to building your very own indoor backyard ice rink.
Step 1: Choose the Future Building of your choice
The wide range of styles we offer allows you to opt for the structure that will best work on your property in order to build you indoor backyard ice rink. Different sizes and features give you the ability to customize the structure and create your very own arena.
Step 2: Choose your style of boards
What kind of rink would it be without boards? We recommend constructing your boards with PVC or lumber, but many-a-rink have been built using boards made solely of snow.
Step 3: Get the hardware
Grab a tarp that’s large enough to cover the area where you plan to build your rink and buy the hardware you will need to fasten the boards.
Step 4: Lay down the lumber or PVC
Put down your boards in the desired shape/size within your Future Building. Fasten your boards and lay the tarp within, ensuring that the extra length rests on the top of your boards. Staple the tarp to your boards.
Step 5: Flood
Use a hose to fill the entire surface with water. This should be done in increments of about 2 cm at a time. Let the water freeze, then repeat the process until the ice reaches the desired thickness.
Step 6: Strap on the skates and play!
Once the ice is thoroughly frozen and ready for action, all you have to do is pick up your stick, throw your skates on and enjoy your own personal hockey haven, right in your own backyard.
Are you ready to turn your desire for a backyard ice rink into a reality? Contact Future Buildings today to see how we can help you make your rink the hockey center of your neighbourhood!