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Gene MacNamara - Danbury, CT




CT Hockey Program

Our guests come from various programs.

Size of the Rink

38'x58'

Cost to Install

About $600 - $700

Materials Used to Install

We used 4x4 posts 2x3, framing, 1/2" osb plywood, with a skating rink liner bought online.

What Makes This Rink Unique

Our rink evolved from when I did a haunted house once a year at a local corn maze. I had all this osb plywood and 2x3s sitting under a tarp. I set up 4" pipe and a tarp the first year and had so much fun, I asked a carpenter friend (and hockey nut) if he could build boards. Since then it has evolved to a huge project. We built cabinets into the rounded corners with plugs and lights to keep phones, gloves, and hats warm. There is a 8' x12' plywood changing area with built-in benches and shelves for hockey bags. I bought broken nets from the local hockey rink Had a buddy weld them, my boys painted them, and we put the nets and pads back on. We have nets on each end from the boards to 10' to keep the pucks in. This year we included a LED red line and added brackets that hook on the boards to hold the nets when we shovel and refinish. We enjoy bringing hockey to people who would not have that opportunity on a normal basis.




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