This idea stemmed from years of growing up near a creek. There was a run off of water that was only inches width deep and made a pretty good size skate boarding area for the neighborhood kids to play without the worry of breaking ice dangers. Although rent an ice rink you can now purchase kits to build your own rink, this is not only more cost effective but also provides each chance of the family unit to work together on the project.
We built our rink 24′ by 24′ which turned out to be plenty of room to get around, but did not take up the whole yard. You should go larger or smaller depending on your needs. The first step will be purchasing the materials and getting together the education we will need to put this idea together. My material list will include a trip to the local lumber yard for 8 2x6x12, treated a 36×36 bed sheet of heavy plastic (you can find reinforced plastic as well), 4 1x1x12’s treated, and 1 ½”aluminum nails. The education we start to use your website staple pistol with ½” staples, I prefer my Bosch Miter Saw and Bosch Miter Saw Stand, hammer and mallet, and a rectangle, and your garden hose. Again this can be downsized or made larger per your family’s needs.
Make sure the spot you have picked out to build this backyard entertainment center is level and free of rocks with preferably a nice bed of yard. The education needed are minimal so i set up my Bosch Miter Saw Stand and my Bosch saw and begin cutting my 1×1’s into 12 1′ sections. These 1′ sections are then angled 90 degree on one side on the amount will be the bottom your support pins. After our cuts are made and pins are finished we simply lay the 12′ 2×6’s down one at a time and nail the pins on the lateral side making level with top of 2×6 and placing every two feet, the angled end will be doing the ground so the flat top of pole should be level.
When you’re done just how side boards with the attached pins, you’re now going to need a couple more hands for the next step so gather up some more family members and let’s go. With three of you holding the board you will start on one end of the first board and placed in and incapacitated in your designated location and hammer the pins into the ground until all pins are 6″ into the ground and your 2×6 is exposed. You will then repeat the process butting the second board up against the first and putting your rectangle in the corner just to make sure we end up with a rectangle and not a diamond rink, although that would probably be an interesting design. Hammering the pins into the ground and repeating the last step again on the other 2×6 forming your rectangle. Our next thing with be to lay our plastic out over our rectangle with inches width also hanging over. With help from the family go around and even in the plastic every side should have 6″ to cover inside 2×6 and 6″ for the outside the 2×6. Once this is complete you will use your Bosch staple pistol to attach the plastic to the 2×6 on the lateral side only and make sure the staples are sunk and not staying up for they could cause injury.
Your final step in this process is to get your garden hose out of storage and fill you ice rink with 4 inches width of water leaving a 2 inch space to the top of the 2×6. Make sure you put your hose away as to ruin it and then give any project a week to freeze if needed, depending on where you live. When frozen put on the ice skates and have fun.