'Backyard Ice Skating
instructions for making your backyard ice skating rink. This site has
been on the web for six years helping people make their own low-cost
skating rinks throughout the northern tier & Alaska
My instructions are unique in that they provide a wide variety
of options as to how you can construct your rink depending on
your budget, time available, space in your yard and other
related factors. All materials described will be inexpensively
available from stores in your area. Includes unlimited e-mail
consultations as you construct your rink
-Dean Landers, Janesville WI Nov. 14/03
questions, e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Dean (age 49) has been making ice skating rinks for 40 years;
since he was a boy growing up in British Columbia, Canada.
Over that time period, he has refined his methods focusing on
the cheapest/easiest ways (using inexpensive readily available
materials from local sources) to create a backyard rink. And
via e-mail, Dean will consult with you as often as you want as
you construct your rink. By the way, Dean enjoys skating as
much as his kids do.
To build your 'Ice Skating Rink', do as follows:
-first determine that the climate in your area is cold enough for
building a skating rink. To make construction of your rink worthwhile,
your area should experience at least six weeks to two months of
sub-freezing temperatures. Check with the local weather service for this
-then determine that you have a reasonable size (at least 10 by
20 feet) level area in your backyard where you can install the rink.
If you are a tenant, obtain permission from the landlord for your
-order your 'Ice Skating Rink' instructions as per below.
The packet includes instructions for building your rink and tells
you how to maintain your rink over the course of the winter. The
rink is easily dismantled each spring. Important Note: My instructions
are unique in that they provide a wide variety of options as to how
you can construct your rink depending on your budget, time available,
space in your yard and other related factors. All materials described
will be inexpensively available from stores in your area.
We will e-mail written instructions for building your 'Ice
Skating Rink' for $29.95. Also included is unlimited e-mail
consultations regarding questions you may have while constructing
the rink. The price of the instructions reflects the very limited
market for these type of instructions. I built my first rinks without
the benefit of any help or instructions. If I had it to do over again
and could order instructions like these, I know the instructions would
have saved me much more than $29.95 worth of problems and grief.
Make out your check or money order ($29.95) to Dean Landers and mail
to Dean Landers, 1010 Wuthering Hills Drive, Janesville, WI 53546. Then
I will immediately e-mail you the complete instructions. *MAKE SURE
YOU INCLUDE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WITH YOUR ORDER.
Customers sent the following e-mail to me after
receiving my skating rink instructions by e-mail:
Last year my kids asked me to build an ice rink in our backyard. I
spent considerable time checking our local stores, ebay and the
Internet. Ultimately I got Dean's plans and I couldn't be happier.
The cost of the materials, the ease of actually building the rink and
the support Dean gives make it an outstanding bargin.
The items I needed were easily located at local stores and they cost a
fraction of what a kit goes for. In addition, I was able to reuse every
item I purchased last year to build this year's rink.
I sit at a desk most of the day and I'm not particularly handy with
tools and building. But this year I built the rink during an afternoon
with no help, and I haven't had a problem with it yet. Last year my
Inlaws and I tried to "improve" upon the original plans, but we ended up
having several problems. I emailed Dean on a fairly regular basis and
he helped us fix the problems even though they weren't related to his
original plans (this year I was true to Dean's).
My kids and their friends love the rink. My wife and I have also
noticed the kids are less "stir crazy" and its comforting to know you
can see them from inside your house. If you're thinking of building a
rink, I highly recommend Dean's plans. It's low cost, easy to set up
and Dean is always there to help you out.
>Looks good. Worth the money. I'll send off a check. A couple of
preliminary questions. Size. We have a sand v-ball court that is in a
handy place. 20'x60'. Seems small to me. Comments? Most times there will
be 10 kids max. Next, we thought of using old telephone poles laid around
the edge and then laying plastic inside and bringing it up and over the
poles and stapling it down. What about that? We are close to a river so
we can pump cold water from there with a fire egine to fill. We can get
100'x24' plastic sheets locally for a liner. Any advice? Al
Thanks so much for your prompt response. The instructions are what I need,
informative and to the point. I am forwarding payment to you today. I am
going to do method 4 with the wood frame. The only thing I do not understand
is how to lay the sheeting. Do I lay it into the frame so that its lying
onto the ground and then tuck in the corners,then flood? Remember im the wife
attempting to do this with the help of my neighbors,but im also pretty handy.
Hopefully my mental status will hold out. Thanks again , Robin
I answered these questions by return e-mail and they are welcome
to ask as many more as they want. To date we have had 100% customer
satisfaction. Nobody has e-mailed me indicating that they were unhappy
with the instructions.
Note: October 13/03 This site has been on the web for six years and I
thank you for all of your orders from all parts of the northern tier
and even Alaska. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at
*I have added a new skating rink design to my instructions for the 2002/2003
skating season which is my simplest/best design to date. I have made my own
rink with this new design this year and am very happy with how easy it was to
My rink in Janesville, Wisconsin January 20/02 (son Heath in foreground)