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Iron Mountain family makes home-made ice rink in back yard

The Buck family is lacing up their skates to celebrate New Year’s Day, on their brand-new ice rink.
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 2:59 PM EST
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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) -One Iron Mountain family is making their own outdoor fun this year. The Buck family is lacing up their skates to celebrate New Year’s Day, on their brand-new ice rink.

“This is the best Christmas present ever,” said 6-year-old Lily Buck.

The parents say the Buck kids grew up skating, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they didn’t get to compete in figure skating or hockey last year; That’s why they made an ice rink in their own back yard. Andy Buck, who began the construction in October said it took just over one month to complete.

“We got back here with a bulldozer, ripped the stumps out, leveled it all out,” he explained.

From there, they laid out concrete forms, and put boards in, then purchased a plastic liner.

“Flooded the rink, in November, multiple times, and a lot of ice shaving,” said Andy.

8-year-old Jack says he even helped his dad build it.

“I put a lot of work into it and it was really fun,” said Jack.

Now, a 30 ft. by 60 ft. ice rink is where woods once were. Megan Buck says she knows it’s hard to find things to do during an Upper Michigan winter.

“So, having this space to come and play and get out and get the fresh air, and even tire the kids out is great,” she added.

Both Andy and Megan also join in on the friendly competition with their kids and they say in the future they will have friends over, for some social distancing fun.

“My parents have come over and strapped their skates on. They haven’t done it in 30 years, but gave it a try,” said Megan.

And this is the second year 5-year-old Max has been on skates.

“I love to skate every day,” said Max.

Andy says if you are thinking about making your own rink make sure you are prepared to shovel.

“Every time it snows, especially wet snow, you need to get that off there,” he said.

He says you also have to shave the ice down and resurface the rink with hot water. The family plans on maintaining the rink so they can use it every winter.

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