Our backyard doesn't have a pond, but the kids and I got into the Stanley Cup playoffs last year. My little girl wants to learn to skate just like Sidney Crosby, and my son has his heart set on developing his goal-tending skills to score a cool customized helmet. There are a few rinks in the area that put down ice in the winter, but as a pond skater I find the crowded ice to be pretty limiting as far as trying new things. We has great success with our rink last year. Now as we wait for the next Stanley Cup winners to appear on CBS to hold the cup aloft, we can't wait for it to be winter so we can skate our backyard!
Our backyard is fairly flat, which makes it a great candidate for a homemade rink. There are several high-priced readymade rinks and rink kits on the market, but we're a DIY-style family. If your yard is challenging consider investing in a kit.
What you need:
PVC pipe for the perimeter
Heavy weight plastic sheeting for the basin
Extra PVC to cap off ends
Weights to weight and secure the tarp
Step 1: Pick a Size and Plot the Perimeter
Step 2: Set Up the Pipes
Step 3: Lay Tarp and Add Water
*Pro Tip - You do NOT want to be in the situation like this image until you are ready to clean up for the summer!
Step 4: Wait a Few Days Then Test the Ice
Step 5: Maintenance
While the backyard rink isn't quite as nice as having a large pond, I am excited to share the joys of outdoor skating with my kids come winter. I hope my wife watches from the window as diligently as my mom, and calls us in to keep us warm with hot chocolate and graham crackers!