For a number of years I have wanted to build an ice skating rink in the back yard so the children could spend their winter gliding across the ice. This year, after a little planning, a little building, a LOT of water and some seriously cold weather, Miss Serenity and I made our skating rink a reality!
The first thing we did to build our winter wonderland was buy a large tarp, about 25' x 25'. After we scouted the backyard for a mostly level area, Serenity and I pulled pressure treated 4" x 4" posts off our lumber pile and built a frame to hold the tarp. We screwed the lumber together to form a 20' x 20' box, arranged the tarp inside of the frame, making sure to push the tarp down to the ground inside of the frame. After straightening the tarp and making sure it was pushed to the ground inside, we secured it to the frame with a staple gun, making sure there was enough slack so that the tarp didn't rip when we filled it with water.
|Miss Serenity sweeping the rink|
|After a light snowfall|
|Master Calvin and Princess Dragon Snack|
|Getting their skating legs|
|Little brother is steadying big sister!|
|Taking a break|
|Up for more|
After school was finished, Miss Serenity and I started a fire in the fire pit, hauled a bench to the rink and called the kids to their new playground. Oh the fun they had! It took a bit for Princess Dragon Snack and Master Calvin to get their skating legs under them, but they were off and skating before they knew it! They spent the first few days going around in circles and doing tricks and then out came the hockey gear (and the friends).
|Skating with snow falling gently - and a fire glowing!|
|Practicing a dip|
|Really getting the hang of it!|
|Let the hockey begin!|
Miss Serenity and I have plans to perfect our skating rink before next winter. We would like to build a frame that can be easily taken apart in the spring and put back together in the fall. We would also like to buy a large hay tarp that will last for many years and provide a much larger skating platform. I can see ice hockey in our future - for many years to come!!
I hope you too, have enjoyed your own version of homegrown winter fun!