Hey guys, I figured most of you are from the Burgh area so this would be a good question since it has to deal with climate.
Im in the Air force and moving back to Erie from maryland next year and I really want to build a backyard ice rink for my son and myself (mainly for myself right now ha)
I found one through nicerink.com it would just be half the rink but thats big enough for him to learn to skate and play on.
My question is for you guys (if any) have built one when did you guys fill the rink with the water, and how long did the ice last?
I cant tell you how excited I am to do this though, we had a big hole in the ground that every winter the fire department would fill up with water and make it a pond for us to skate and play hockey on. Thats where I started out and I can remember a lot of 12 hour days just playing pickup hockey on that pond and those were some of the happiest days of my life. Of course there is no hole anymore the township extended the school over it. So now theres no place besides the lake to skate outside so I decided to build the rink (its real cheap, about 340$)
Anyways, Id like to hear your guys thoughts on how well they hold up and maybe some of your guys memories on ponds or home built rinks.