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Chas Wira - Madison, CT

CT Hockey Program

Yale.... with help from neighbors whose kids play for East Haven and Daniel Hand

Size of the Rink

~42' x 58', sauce alley ~6' x 32'

Cost to Install

total $350 this year. $297 for 50x70' tarp, spent ~$500 on pressure treated lumber/plywood/brackets 8 yrs ago. Bought some replacement wood stakes/plywood.

Materials Used to Install

NiceRink tarp, pressure treated wood (including wood from old sandbox and garden boxes) plywood, wood stakes, deck brackets, drywall screws, well water

What Makes This Rink Unique

  • Many kids on street, plenty of games!
  • Path to kitchen to have cocoa/snack in the house with skate guards on. Mom can watch the kids through window!
  • Sauce alley...Or stick-handling or beginner alley. 6x32' for sauce passing, beginners to skate with parent/chair, or stick handling. Kids can also do plyo jumps over wall to get a fast first step.
  • Dry land area. With warm spells in winter have a soccer/football field next to the rink. A little beyond is an area for basketball also with an 8x20' green monster wall for shooting, wall ball, soccer, tennis, lax, etc.
  • Resurface water from bulkhead/washer area. Hot water used when needed. Spotlights off back of house.

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