The annual Brampton Backyard Ice Rink Contest is back for 2023!
January 4, 2023 – First announced in December 2022, the City is inviting Brampton residents to show off their backyard or community ice rink for a chance to win amazing prizes in this years contest!
Are you planning to build a backyard or community ice rink (think small, neighbourhood-based rinks maintained by local neighbourhood rink committee, with support of the City!)
All you need to do is:
- Build a backyard or community ice rink, within the City of Brampton.
- Snap a photo.
- Complete the submission form by January 31, 2023.
The top three contest winners will win the exciting opportunity to skate on their winning rink on February 12 with NHL Alumni Darcy Tucker and two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Cassie Campbell.
Rink evaluation will be assessed by a panel of Judges to be announced shortly, based on a rink’s durability, the creativity of the rink builders, and safety measures put in place for skaters and players.
Contest Winners & Prizes
Winners will be contacted and announced on City’s social media channels on February 3.
The winning rinks will be visited by Mayor Brown, Darcy Tucker & Cassie Campbell on February 12.
- Gold: #1 Backyard Rink & #1 Community Rink
- Silver: #2 Backyard Rink
- Bronze: #3 Backyard Rink
Gold, Silver & Bronze: skate with Mayor Brown, Darcy Tucker & Cassie Campbell on the winning rink! Plus a $100 Tim Horton’s gift card for the backyard rink winners.
$20 Tim Horton’s gift card for every entry.
Tips for a perfect backyard ice rink
The City has provided some simple steps to easily setup your own backyard ice rink. All you need is space, patience, and frosty temperatures (fingers crossed). 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.
Support a Community Rink
The City supports outdoor community rinks. These are small, neighbourhood-based rinks maintained by a local neighbourhood rink committee, with the support of the City.
For more information about volunteering to support an outdoor community rink in your neighbourhood park, contact Parks Maintenance and Operations at BramptonGreenCity@brampton.ca.
Need help flooding your ice rink?
Weather and conditions permitting, Brampton Fire will be providing water to flood backyard ice rinks for a limited number of residents in need.
Complete the application form