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Synthetic Ice Rinks For All Year Fun

January 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 179

Ice Rinks are large bodies of frozen water, or plastics if synthetic, in which it is possible to skate where many sports and activities can be undertaken including ice hockey. Rinks made with ice can form naturally or with a helping hand.

Natural Ice Rinks are formed outside and are only during the season in which it is cold enough for the water to freeze to form a thick enough layer which is strong enough to withhold large weights. It is important when skating on these rinks to remember that it can be very dangerous due to differing thickness of ice in different areas. Never go ice-skating on your own and be careful when skating.

Ice Rinks can also be formed outside when the weather is cold enough for water to freeze. It is a very simple procedure in which a space is cleared, water is poured into this space and it freezes due to the cold temperature. If the temperature is cold enough inside, this can also be produced within a building.

It is also very important to be able to have an ice rink that does not depend on cold enough temperatures and this comes in the form of indoor ice skating rinks. These are a little more complex to make than the outside ice rinks and require more time, money and labour. A bed of sand or sometimes concrete is assembled and pipes are run through it or on top of it. Within the pipes is a very cold fluid which is water or salt water mixed with antifreeze or refrigerant depending upon how big the rink is. A thin layer of water is thus put or sprayed onto the sand/concrete, this is coloured to ensure that if markings are needed then there will be better contrast of the colours. Then another thin layer of water is put on top, and again and again until the ice reached 2-3 cm

Wherever the ice is, whether it is Natural or artificially formed, if it is permanent, it will need to be resurfaced with an Ice resurfacer to ensure that the ice has a smooth flat surface. It is also important to remember that different sports preformed on the ice require different rinks and thus the ice will need to be set up differently i.e. different sizes and markings. For example the NHL say that their hockey rinks must be 61m X 26m in length and width whereas Curling, Speed skating and other sports all have different requirements.

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