Deadline extended for Brampton backyard ice rink contest

Published January 25, 2023 at 10:39 am

A member of Brampton Fire and Emergency Services helps a family flood their backyard ice rink in Brampton. (Photo courtesy of Brampton Fire and Emergency Services).

Brampton hockey and skating fanatics have been given a little more time to get ready for the City’s backyard ice rink contest.

The City of Brampton has moved up the deadline to enter the backyard ice rink contest from the end of January to Feb. 20.

Brampton residents are invited to build a backyard or community ice rink for a chance to win prizes including a one-hour skate with six-time women’s world hockey champion Cassie Campbell​ and NHL Alumni Darcy Tucker on the winning rinks.

The contest works by having residents submit a photo of their rinks to the City, and an evaluation will be conducted based on durability, creativity, and safety.

“All you need is space, patience, and frosty temperatures. Remember to keep safety top of mind,” reads the City’s website.

The City recommends mapping out the space in the backyard before construction, and ensuring the rink isn’t located in an area that slopes towards the home, or is too close to the home.

Residents who need help flooding their ice rink can apply to have Brampton Fire and Emergency Services come and assist. There are a limited number of spots available for flooding assistance.

The City recommends that residents flood as often as necessary in order to maintain a smooth, safe ice surface. The ideal temperature for freezing the ice is -15C. Those with a wet or leaky basement should refrain from installing a backyard rink.​

A gold, silver, and bronze winner will be announced on the City’s social media channels once the contest closes in February.

For more information on the contest or to check out more tips for setting up a backyard rink, click here.

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