Many homeowners love to have a backyard ice rink to enjoy with their family and neighbours. Setting up a backyard ice rink requires some boards and an optional tarp if you are building on grass. The main requirements for backyard ice rinks include a decent amount of space, patience, time, and chilly temperatures of around -15° C (5° F).
Refrigerated rinks are more of a package solution that you set up. Using a chiller (generator) to cool the ice, they allow for a longer season but can require more maintenance at a higher price point. Refrigerated rinks allowed skating to come indoors in all seasons. This is the primary difference between indoor versus outdoor ice rinks.