BY: Bunch Family
This article was originally published in The Grid.

Here’s something that suburban hockey moms and dads have known for years: While community centres offer exceptional rinks, both indoor and out, nothing beats having your own private ice patch on which to learn how to skate (or refine that triple toe loop). It’s the winter equivalent of having a pool, and neighbourhood families will flock to your home on weekends and evenings, turning it into a hub of activity. Sure, our downtown backyards may be a fraction of the size of our suburban pals’, but when a kid is just learning to skate, they don’t need more than a couple of metres of gliding space. Plus, smaller yards make the dash inside for hot chocolate and hot toddies that much quicker. With just a plastic tarp, a couple of wooden planks and a whole lot of flooding from the garden hose, kids and parents can avoid the schlep to Nathan Phillips Square or Harbourfront’s Natrel rink and get unlimited ice time. And with the availability of backyard rink kits (Jiffy Rink and EZ Rink are both carried by Canadian Tire), the backyard rink has come to small city yards.

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