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Ice rink on an old volleyball court in my backyard in Northcentral PA - is it a good idea in this climate? Answered

I live in Northcentral PA - we have had record lows these past 3 weeks average 30. I am thinking about building an ice rink in my backyard on a grassed over volleyball court - Is this a good idea based on where I live and on an old sand volleyball court?

I wanted to build it for my nieces and nephews who will be here in about 7 days for the holidays.  Since we have 7 acres of grass thought this would be fun for the family. 

If so what type of plastic is best?



8 years ago

Can't do this where I live, sounds awesome. Do it and post an 'ible!


8 years ago

Fun idea. The village I live in just made a rink for the tree-lighting festival. Used white plastic with straw-bales around the edges. Folded the plastic up over the bales initially to help hold the liquid water until it froze (over-night). Then the bales were uncovered and left as seating.

Just be careful with where the water can/will go. Hate to have a thaw into your basement's foundation...


8 years ago

Not such a bad idea, although grassed over sand will drain pretty easily. a clay subsoil would be best to hold the water during thaws. When I was growing up, during the early 1960s, our city used to fill a parking lot at the local pool for skating, which had been built to allow it by depressing the actual parking area about 5 inches from the surrounding area with a concrete berm and there was (still is in fact) a large water spigot at one end for doing the fill. In 1969, the city built a skating rink and the old outdoor skating area fell into disrepair.

neighbors just up the street used to do the same in their font yard. It was a very small skating rink (perhaps 25 x 25 feet) but useable.

Until relatively recently, (in the grand scheme of things anyway) that was how it was done. Flood an outdoor area or use a natural pond/lake etc.

I myself really miss outdoor skating. We also had a pond about a mile away that was part of the Cleveland Rockefeller estate back in the late 1800s. When he left the city, he donated the land for park use. It was about 600-700 feet wide, and quite shallow perhaps 4 or 5 feet deep, and it had a "firehouse" for getting warm, changing shoes for skates, etc... Unfortunately, the part of the park on which this pond sits is in East Cleveland, which predictably opted to destroy the firehouse and fill in the center of the skating pond. It's now a goose colony and convenient depository for refuse thrown there by East Clevelands' unthinking residents...

Make sure to fill with enough water. 3-4 inches should be sufficient.