How to Build a Backyard Ice Rink

Find out how to build an outdoor ice rink in your backyard with this helpful guide to keep your family active this winter season.
How to Build a Backyard Ice-Skating Rink

DYI Backyard Ice Rink

If you are like most homeowners in the northern part of the US, winter can be a depressing few months. Staying cooped up, staring out the window at the snow, watching TV until you have memorized every episode of The Office can really get boring. One way to escape the winter blues is to build a backyard ice rink and go skating.

Constructing the rink can be simple or complex, depending on the level of perfection you want. Some homeowners use PVC borders, covered with sheets of plastic, others run water on top of stamped down snow and ice. There are lots of options for creating your winter playground.

One frequently asked question is, will the ice rink damage the lawn? The answer is unless you construct your rink on dormant, frozen turf, yes, you will likely create damage, how much damage depends on the conditions under the ice. Still, any lawn damage on a predominantly Kentucky bluegrass lawn should be repairable with relative ease in Spring. Bluegrass, because of its ability to send out underground roots, called rhizomes, can fill in thin and damaged areas in a relatively short period of time, if well fertilized and maintained.

Most homeowners who value outdoor exercise and family fun an ice rink can create, are willing to chance some lawn stress in exchange for the positive winter activity. If you have a pond on the property, developing a smooth ice rink may be a good option. While the pond rink may require consistently lower temperatures for safe skating, you have eliminated the potential for any sort of lawn damage completely.

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