Chilly, winter weather means more outdoor fun!
With the recent provincial measures closing indoor amenities, it’s more important than ever to stay active and healthy.
Have you built a backyard ice rink this season? Show us photos for a chance to win amazing prizes -- like a skate with Mayor Brown, NHL Alumni Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark on the winning rink!
Here’s how to participate
- Build a backyard ice rink in Brampton. Check out tips below!
- Snap a photo.
- Complete the submission form by January 31, 2022.
Please note, this contest is for Brampton residents only. Ice rinks submitted that do not reside in Brampton, will not be considered for prizing.
- 1st, 2nd & 3rd place: skate with Mayor Brown and NHL Alumni Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark on the winning rink AND a Canadian Tire Prize pack including gift card, outdoor hockey net and Sherwood hockey sticks for every member of the household!
- Signed Wayne Gretzky paraphernalia:
- Signed Wayne Gretzky Team Canada jersey
- Signed books “Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky”
- Pizza Nova gift cards donated by SQM Janitorial Services Inc.
- $25 Canadian Tire gift card for every entry! (to a maximum of 150)
- Rink Rakes donated by Ice Rink Resurfacer
- Hockey pucks donated by Transglobal Systems of Canada
- Mayor Patrick Brown
- NHL Alumni Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark
- Councillor Doug Whillans
- Councillor Charmaine Williams
- Councillor Rowena Santos
- Councillor Jeff Bowman
- Councillor Michael Palleschi
- Community Services Commissioner Marion Nader
- Fire Chief Bill Boyes
- Brampton Hockey Inc. President Glenn McIntyre
- Brampton Canadettes GHA President Glen Napier
- Mike Gout, SportFix ProShop
- Parminder Singh, Founding host of Hockey Night in Canada in Punjabi broadcast
- Kathy McDonald, Peel District School Board Trustee
Winners will be contacted and announced on City’s social media channels on February 4.
Tips for a perfect backyard ice rink
- 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.
- Map out the space in your backyard. Surface should be flat and free from mounds, heaves, stones and other debris.
- Ensure the rink isn’t located in an area that slopes towards the home, or too close to your home.
- If you have a wet/leaky basement, or your backyard has issues with water pooling, refrain from installing a backyard rink.
- Grab your material -- plywood boards, liner, brackets/supports, etc.
- Flood as often as necessary in order to maintain a smooth, safe ice surface. Don’t flood ice surface if snowing or if there is snow on ice surface, as it can result in an uneven and potentially harmful surface when it freezes.
- The ideal temperature for freezing the ice is -15C.
- Before you head out for your first skate, test the ice by gently pushing down on it.
- Get creative and add lighting for a perfect evening skate.
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