Do you have adblock enabled?
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Toledo Blade)   Man builds ice rink in his back yard, complete with hockey nets, portable lights, and music. "It's not uncommon for kids to get dropped off at 5 o'clock and we have to ask them to leave at 11"   ( toledoblade.com) divider line
    More: Cool  
•       •       •

2563 clicks; posted to Sports » on 15 Jan 2009 at 11:38 AM (8 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



52 Comments     (+0 »)
 


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all

 
2009-01-15 07:43:26 AM  
Very nice... my grandpa did that for my dad.

/well, except for the "geothermal pipes". That's a bit over the top.
 
2009-01-15 08:04:07 AM  
If you build it, they will skate?
 
2009-01-15 08:22:49 AM  
There's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

/learned the phrase "Don't do that, we could lose the farm" early on in life.
 
2009-01-15 08:32:10 AM  
My neighbor has got a huge rink in his backyard. A bunch of us guys help him set it up every year. The kids do love it. Grownup kids, too.
 
2009-01-15 08:55:23 AM  

benlonghair: There's a lawsuit waiting to happen.


Sadly that was my first thought
 
2009-01-15 09:06:41 AM  
Here's mine. It's 20'x24'

I'm hopeful that it'll be ready for use by Friday.
home.comcast.net
 
2009-01-15 09:29:55 AM  
For anybody wishing to build their own ice rink, don't make what I have.

Mine is the way it is because it was a Christmas gift to me from my kids. This is the third year. I will not be putting this one out, again. I will do it differently next year. I just wanted to make sure that I showed my appreciation for the gift.

I almost ruined it when I first received it because the first words that came to mind were "Um, we live in Virginia; the wrong climate for an ice rink."

But, I didn't say it out loud and, I'm glad I didn't because the damned thing actually freezes.

Anyway, for anybody who wishes to do this, there's an easier way.

First, buy a sheet of 6mil plastic. Get a big one. 100'x24' is the largest that I could find at Lowes (I replace the liner each year because it gets pinholes in it from the acorns).

Find the biggest level area you can. Spread out the plastic. Cut the plastic 3 or 4 feet larger than you need the length. Leave the width alone.

Lay out the plastic and build a frame out of 2x6s such that the frame will be about a foot smaller than the plastic you laid out. Don't worry too much about making the frame solid. Cut a metric assload of stakes about 18" long.

Fold the plastic sheet out of the way and drive the spikes into the ground as close as you can get it to the outside of the frame. You'll want to pay special attention to the ends of the boards in the frame. Make sure there is a stake at each board end. Run screws from the inside of the frame into the stakes.

Stretch the plastic sheet over the frame and let it fall into place. Loosely staple the sheet to the top edge of the frame. You don't want anything tight. You just want to keep the plastic from falling back into the rink as you fill it.

Fill the rink with water. You'll spend all the time that the rink is filling by running around the rink and loosening or restapling the plastic. Do this until you have the sheet covered in at least 2" of water in the shallowest parts. I recommend 3" of water if you can.

Be careful that the sheet doesn't force its way under your frame. You may have to jam insulation under the frame if there are any gaps. Try to shove the insulation in *before* the sheet starts bulging out under the frame.

Wait patiently for cold weather.
 
2009-01-15 09:39:02 AM  
benlonghair: There's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

I was thinking back to that sandlot ballpark up around Boston somewhere that the town had ordered get shutdown, I figure sooner or later even though this is on private property something will happen to screw this nice guy over.
 
2009-01-15 10:09:56 AM  
Nice to have a pond two blocks from the house. Saves me a lot of trouble--especially if one of my kids' friend's parents is on pond watch and I can just drop them off and go home. Never be the first to get there.

But we'll get 4-5 inches of snow today, so all the teenagers and the dads will be on the pond with shovels tomorrow after school.
 
2009-01-15 10:17:15 AM  

I Said: benlonghair: There's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Sadly that was my first thought


Mine too.
 
2009-01-15 10:54:08 AM  
My neighbor used to do this when I was a kid (sans hockey nets, though). He would sprinkle some kind of colored powder in the water before it froze, different color every year. The whole neighborhood loved it, and there was never any lawsuit that I can remember.
 
2009-01-15 11:45:29 AM  
It's a pretty sad state when the first thing I think about is the liability this thing brings with it. Lawsuits lawsuits lawsuits.

Back when I was a kid, that would be the coolest thing, nowadays it's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Parents of the first kid that busts his head open will lawyer up in a heartbeat.
 
2009-01-15 11:45:58 AM  

ansiz: I figure sooner or later even though this is on private property something will happen to screw this nice guy over.


When his insurance company finds out about this I'm sure they will send him a letter telling him to remove it immediately. One kid smashes his face on that and has to go to the hospital then that will be the end of that party. It sucks, but this is what happens in this day in age.
 
2009-01-15 11:46:04 AM  
Manic_Repressive: My neighbor used to do this when I was a kid (sans hockey nets, though). He would sprinkle some kind of colored powder in the water before it froze, different color every year. The whole neighborhood loved it, and there was never any lawsuit that I can remember.

When were you a kid? If you grew up anytime before 1990 or so, then you lived in a time when many people acted like reasonable human beings. After that, people started suing you for billions if you claimed to hate their favorite flavor of candy bar. God help you if some youngster today trips in your yard and sprains his ankle.
 
2009-01-15 11:48:32 AM  
The guy who lives across from us does this every year for his grandkids and their friends. It's a decent-size rink--almost his entire backyard. He's got floodlights installed halfway up the back wall of his house so they can play at night.

I sometimes see the old guy out there with the kids in the morning, shoveling snow off the rink or watering it down to renew the surface. I hope I can be that cool (and that in shape) when I'm his age.
 
2009-01-15 11:51:34 AM  
Olde time hockey only allowed

/sacrifice the body
 
2009-01-15 11:56:35 AM  

Manic_Repressive: My neighbor used to do this when I was a kid (sans hockey nets, though). He would sprinkle some kind of colored powder in the water before it froze, different color every year. The whole neighborhood loved it, and there was never any lawsuit that I can remember.


You must have grown up the same time I did...back when personal responsibility ruled and lawsuits for this sort of thing were practically unheard of.
 
2009-01-15 11:58:47 AM  
I don't understand why he couldn't get the parents of the children to sign a legal waiver like every real ice rink and roller hockey rink I played in as a child made me do.

Good for him though.
 
2009-01-15 12:02:43 PM  
You guys are a little too scared off by big bad lawsuits, BTW. Big lawsuits make the news because they're unusual, and because shady attorneys love to talk them up.

The indoor skate park my stepson goes to has been around for five years or so and has never had a lawsuit, despite bad injuries on a near-daily basis and an "injury waiver" policy that's about as useful as a paper towel. Most parents, kids, and judges alike realize that if you're going to engage in dangerous behavior, you're going to run the risk of injury.
 
2009-01-15 12:03:37 PM  
he's going to get in trouble playing music like that without a permit

/won't somebody think about Lars's gold plated shark pool?
 
2009-01-15 12:14:13 PM  

benlonghair: There's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

/learned the phrase "Don't do that, we could lose the farm" early on in life.


You sound like a lawyer totin' city slicker.
 
2009-01-15 12:18:14 PM  

Roman Fyseek: Here's mine. It's 20'x24'

I'm hopeful that it'll be ready for use by Friday.


That grass looks greenish and warm. Are you sure its cold enough for skating?
 
2009-01-15 12:19:00 PM  

The Third Man: The indoor skate park my stepson goes to has been around for five years or so and has never had a lawsuit, despite bad injuries on a near-daily basis and an "injury waiver" policy that's about as useful as a paper towel. Most parents, kids, and judges alike realize that if you're going to engage in dangerous behavior, you're going to run the risk of injury.


That is because the indoor skate park is designated to be an indoor skate park. Someone's back yard is not designated to be an outdoor ice skating rink. Waiver or not I'm sure his insurance company won't let him have it on his property. #1 it's probably not legal for him to have it. #2 There is no fence around the hockey rink which will allow anyone at anytime to get on the rink and hurt themselves, whether they have signed a waiver or not. #3 People are stupid and even if he has a fence and a permit I'm sure his insurance company will consider it a commercial venture since it's more than his own family using the ice skating rink. Do you know how hard it is to find a commercial insurance policy for a private home involving a temporary/permanent ice skating rink? It's impossible.

So there you go. It sucks to live in these days.
 
2009-01-15 12:28:21 PM  

Roman Fyseek: Here's mine. It's 20'x24'

I'm hopeful that it'll be ready for use by Friday.


doesn't look cold enough for a rink there bud.

knew a few friends with backyard rinks growing up. one guy even had boards and a penalty box, they'd play box lacrosse in the summer in it.
 
2009-01-15 12:32:47 PM  

ihatedumbpeople: It's a pretty sad state when the first thing I think about is the liability this thing brings with it. Lawsuits lawsuits lawsuits.

Back when I was a kid, that would be the coolest thing, nowadays it's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Parents of the first kid that busts his head open will lawyer up in a heartbeat.


"Hey Mr. Neighbor has geothermal pipes under that motherfarker - cha-ching - we gettin' paid!"
 
2009-01-15 12:34:06 PM  
Johnny Smith has a bad feeling about this.
 
hng
2009-01-15 12:40:19 PM  
first thought:
No boards? might as well play on the roof of QuickStop with only one ball. Cheap lazy bastard

second thought:
sadly, it was lawsuit

third thought: geothermal you say... go on...
 
2009-01-15 12:50:30 PM  
The lawsuit thing wouldn't be a problem if we had a halfway decent voir dire system in this country. As in, you aren't allowed to avoid jury duty.
 
2009-01-15 12:52:29 PM  
mikaloyd
Roman Fyseek: Here's mine. It's 20'x24'

I'm hopeful that it'll be ready for use by Friday.

That grass looks greenish and warm. Are you sure its cold enough for skating?


Well the good thing about a three inch deep rink is that if it isn't cold enough you just get a wet foot, you don't drown.

/I always shudder the first time I see kids playing on the bog near me, thankfully for them it's been under 20 degrees for the last week
 
2009-01-15 12:56:45 PM  

hng: first thought:
No boards? might as well play on the roof of QuickStop with only one ball. Cheap lazy bastard


i73.photobucket.com

/oblig
 
2009-01-15 12:58:01 PM  
Hope they got the Gerry Cheevers mask thing ready.
 
2009-01-15 01:06:33 PM  

Bob Ondeeznuts: #2 There is no fence around the hockey rink which will allow anyone at anytime to get on the rink and hurt themselves, whether they have signed a waiver or not.


I should have noticed that, looking at the article. Yeah, that's asking for trouble.

In some states you have to have a fence around any backyard containing a pool, for this very reason.
 
2009-01-15 01:22:49 PM  
This is a pretty cool thing to do for the kids btu agree about the lawsuits.

/In the winter here I just have to go about 8 blocks in any direction to find an outdoor hockey / ice rink.
//Minnesota
///It's "stupid" cold out there today
////I don't envy those poor bastards in Canuckistan today.
 
2009-01-15 01:36:00 PM  
I'll betcha that this rink is in a rural area where all the parents and the judge and the attorneys and all potential jurors have no more than 1 degree of seperation from the guy. When the people who might sue you know you and are nearly family it makes the window of potential liability a lot smaller. Strangers will fark you over in a heartbeat for a dollar. Lifetime friends not so much. A guy who does this for kids probably has some friends in the area. He might get sued if lil Johnny breaks his neck but probably not if Johnny only breaks an arm or a tooth.
 
2009-01-15 01:45:24 PM  
mikaloyd: That grass looks greenish and warm. Are you sure its cold enough for skating?

It's frozen solid each year so far (this is the third year).

And, yes, that grass will remain green for the whole winter. Northern Virginia.

We're supposed to get our deepfreeze tonight. If I can get it frozen solid in the next couple of days, it will remain solid for weeks (assuming it doesn't get up to 60).

What's nice is that we'll get freezing temps every night and we'll get above freezing briefly during the day. It's just enough that it self-smooths the ice.
 
2009-01-15 01:46:11 PM  
It's a sad commentary when every other comment is about potential lawsuits.

Backyard rinks were common where I grew up (Northern Ontario). If someone didn't have one near you, there would be a city rink or a school rink. People who maintain a rink for the neighbourhood are the awesomest people in the world.

/still not good enough to play pickup at the local rink
//I hate being embarrassed by 15 year olds
///really should quit smoking
 
2009-01-15 01:52:05 PM  
mikaloyd: Strangers will fark you over in a heartbeat for a dollar.

I had a skateboard ramp as a kid in Maine. I told my dad that I wanted a ramp when I was 8. He said that he'd take care of mom.

He told my mom that there's no way she could afford the lumber for a skateboard ramp. My mom shrieked that my dad damned sure better not *ever* tell her what she could and could not do.

Next thing I knew, I had a 10' halfpipe.

The rule was that you *must* wear full pads.

One day, a couple of years later, a group of old dudes (20-somethings) showed up.

"Hey, little dude! Can we skate?"

"My mom says that everybody needs to wear full pads *and* she needs to give permission."

"We've got pads. Where's your mom?"

......

"Hi, ma'am. My name's Tony. Your boy said that we had to ask your permission to skate on your beautiful ramp. We've got helmets and pads."

I skated with Tony Alva on MY ramp when I was 10.

/no joke
 
2009-01-15 01:53:04 PM  
Next news article: A Wisconsin Man Eats an Apple.
 
2009-01-15 01:57:46 PM  
Pretty neat. Although is the lawsuit thing really an issue in Canada? People all have health insurance from the province anyways.
 
2009-01-15 02:16:46 PM  
It's sad that not more kids/people are skating outside. There are a ton of teams that enter the US Pond Hockey Championships here in Minnesota and another good crowd heads up north to Eagle River, WI for the USA Hockey version of it. (That's where I'll be!)

Me and some teammates went out last weekend to skate around and the first two rinks we went to were occupied by people playing broom ball. The last one we went to we were the only ones there. It was a nice weekend too.

Maybe it's because of all the lawsuits and general laziness of most Americans. It's a sad state.

If you haven't seen the movie Pond Hockey, I highly recommend it. Any farkers playing in either of those pond tourneys?
 
2009-01-15 02:20:43 PM  

Jerry_Hat-trick: Pretty neat. Although is the lawsuit thing really an issue in Canada? People all have health insurance from the province anyways.


Judging by the newspaper it's from and the fact that it only mentions the town in a way that seems to imply it's local, this seems to be somewhere near Toledo, OH. So lawsuits might be an issue in Canada, but it's irrelevant to the story.
 
2009-01-15 02:28:40 PM  

FreakinB: Jerry_Hat-trick: Pretty neat. Although is the lawsuit thing really an issue in Canada? People all have health insurance from the province anyways.

Judging by the newspaper it's from and the fact that it only mentions the town in a way that seems to imply it's local, this seems to be somewhere near Toledo, OH. So lawsuits might be an issue in Canada, but it's irrelevant to the story.


Yes, Lake Township is in suburban Toledo. I grew up in the area, and click on every Toledo Blade headline in the hopes of seeing some rocket scientist I grew up with getting their own Fark immortality.

/Hasn't happened yet
//Hope springs eternal
 
2009-01-15 02:31:16 PM  
You people talking about lawsuits need to move to a nicer neighborhood.

/clobbered with sticks every winter in the neighbors backyard rink.
//best times of my life
 
2009-01-15 02:35:53 PM  
He can afford geothermal pipes...

The man needs to get a zamboni. Or at least a smaller version of some sort of ice resurfacing machine. They are too cool to not have.

/used to drive for county rink
//olympias though :(
 
2009-01-15 02:41:00 PM  
Got something like this going on in our neighborhood....it's excellent
 
2009-01-15 03:20:00 PM  

The Onanist: This is a pretty cool thing to do for the kids btu agree about the lawsuits.

/In the winter here I just have to go about 8 blocks in any direction to find an outdoor hockey / ice rink.
//Minnesota
///It's "stupid" cold out there today
////I don't envy those poor bastards in Canuckistan today.



When I first moved to Minnesota, I was walking around my neighborhood. There were two hockey rinks within 4 blocks of my house. This being September, there was no ice, just the dirt and board walls. I came to the conclusion that Minnesota LOVED rodeo.

/dur
 
hng
2009-01-15 03:29:35 PM  

Lumox: He can afford geothermal pipes...

The man needs to get a zamboni. Or at least a smaller version of some sort of ice resurfacing machine. They are too cool to not have.

/used to drive for county rink
//olympias though :(


He owns his own HVAC company. Probably had a vendor supply the materials and used it as "training" for his guys. At least that's what I would have done.
 
2009-01-15 04:25:52 PM  
we used to have an ice rink every winter in our backyard. Thought the article may have been about my brother (We're from toledo), who has continued the tradition at the house.

We're all hockey players, so growing up it just seemed natural to put an ice rink on our 1 1/2 acres. Damn that was awesome- nothing like getting home from school, slapping on the skates and pads and playing hockey till we couldn't see the puck or feel our faces.
 
2009-01-15 05:10:27 PM  
I live withing fifteen miles of this place. Out here lawsuits are highly unlikely in this situation. Highly unlikely.

*gropes Koala*
 
2009-01-15 05:36:10 PM  
ok...very cool..how does he Zamboni?
 
Displayed 50 of 52 comments


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all



This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter





Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report