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My Rink Journals

I decided to keep a journal of my rink, so I can look back after 10 or more years and remember a little bit about each year we had the rink up and in use. I am sure some of the years will be less eventful than others, but here they are...

Sometime in November 2006:
Layed out what I think could be the location/size of this years rink. Used some pvc pipe I had to give me an idea and I think this will do. Last years rink 19'x32', this years rink will be 34'x34'.

November 16, 2006
Took out the boards and started to lay them out to see what I would need to buy to complete the frame. All of last years frame will be reused. Went to Home Depot and bought the rest of the wood and steel ties to complete the frame. Broke out the laser level and started getting my heights and selecting the boards to match. Started looking online for a 40'x40' liner as well, looks like I will have to get a 40'x60' though.


December 2006
The weather has been quite warm, so the liner sits in it's box still and the green grass is quite happy inside the frame. I was hoping to have ice for Christmas, but it just doesn't look good at this point. The 15-day forcast doesn't even get close to freezing at any point

December 29, 2006
The heating system is being replaced and I am sick and tired of looking at the grass in the rink, so I put in the liner and filled it up. Took about 9 hours to fill with two hoses, roughly 5600 gallons of water.

January 2007
Mother nature is again playing games with us in the northeast United States. The rink is looking great for the local ducks, but not for the ones waiting for the moment to put on their skates.

January 17, 2007
The kids got their first skate of the season! Another day of the cold temps we have been having and I will get to have my first skate on the backyard rink in two years. WOOHOO!

January 18, 2007
My aunt came over with her grandson and a friend and we all skated for several hours today. I am so glad i went bigger this year, but could I go even bigger next year? Let's not ponder that too much and enjoy the use of the rink as much as we can.

February 14, 2007
Happy Valentine's Day! We have been skating for 4 weeks and it has been great. I built an "Ice Resurfacer" to make resurfacing an easier task. It has been a godsend, we had a small snow/slush storm two weeks ago and it made a mess of the surface. Three floods with the resurfacer and all was good again. Mother nature has blessed us with a nor-easter today, so we may have to do some more repairs before we can skate again. Looks like I will be busy as we are having a winter party this saturday and the rink is the main focus.

February 16, 2007
The last two nights have been quite cold. I have put two coats of hot water on the rink and it is back to glass smooth. We are all set for the skating party tomorrow. It will be another cold night tonight, but daytime temps are expected around 32F.

February 18, 2007
The skating party was a success. The rink was in use for the better part of 9 straight hours. All the hard work getting the ice smooth after the storm on Valentine's Day paid off. 40 people came on Saturday and the sounds of laughter and the smiles on the kids faces were all you needed to see and hear to know things were going well. We had some return visitors today to help us have another day od 6 hours of skating. I am oficially tired and need a rest. School vacation this week, so the rink will be in full use all week I am sure.

February 22, 2007
Looks like the warm weather is upon us. The temps have been in the upper 40sF for the last three days and the ice is not skatable. I haven't thrown in the towel yet, but it isn't looking good. We have had a 5 week run with the rink this year which beats the heck out of last year. I'm hoping for another cold spell, but I am not holding my breath.

March 4, 2007
I had to go out to the west coast last week for business. Not that I really wanted to, but they moved and office and my presence was required as the owner was to tour the new office and everything had to be perfect. This meant the "Rink Master" was not on-site for a snow storm. The temps helped me out with this though as the snow was completely melted by the time I got back. Unfortunately the rink has melted quite a bit. Temps are to be in the teens/single digits at night for the better part of the week at night. We may get some skating in this coming weekend if I can get a coat or two ont he surface to smooth out the mess. We got 37 days of skating in so far this year and we may get 2 or 3 more. I'd call this year a total succeess. I'm already starting to plan out the backyard projects for the spring/summer in preperation for a bigger, more level, rink next year.

March 12, 2007
Unless the weather takes a sudden dive and stays there for a week, the season is done. The warm March sun and temps in the low 50s have melted enough of the ice to cause it to seperate into icebergs. This year was a complete success in my book. Year two we saw 4x more skating days than year one. All that is left now is to wait for the ice to fully melt, drain the water, fold up the liner and stack the frame. I'm sad to see the end of the season and at the same time glad. The 07-08 rink will be bigger and the ground will be closer to level after a Spring/Summer renovation of the yard, so I am rather excited about what next year will bring.

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