Still time to enter Brampton’s backyard ice rink contest

Published January 10, 2023 at 2:27 pm

The clock is ticking for Brampton skating fans to enter the City’s latest backyard ice rink contest for a chance to win a meet-and-greet with some hockey heroes.

Until the end of January, Brampton residents are invited to build a backyard or community ice rink for a chance to win prizes including a one-hour skate with an NHL Alumni on the winning rinks.

The contest works by having residents show the city a photo of their rinks once it has been set up. An evaluation will be conducted based on durability, creativity and safety.

“Setting up a backyard rink is easier than you think! All you need is space, patience, 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.

Additionally, 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 in February. Additional details on prizes and who the NHL Alumni is will be announced soon, and residents must complete the submission form by Jan. 31.

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

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