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SYNTHETIC ICE Rink

You’ve decided a synthetic rink may be the right fit for your ice flooring needs. But what are you looking for in a synthetic ice product, and how do you choose the best one?

Let’s avoid trying to skate on old plastic cutting boards. Instead, why not develop a rink everyone can utilize effectively for years to come?

Several factors make one synthetic ice product better than another, and here at KwikRink Synthetic Ice, we have them all covered. Visit our website to start configuring your rink.

Whether you are looking for a backyard practice space, a rental rink, or a full-service training center, we have the product your skaters will want to glide across.

Regardless of whether you are a residential or commercial customer, we are the company to contact today.

User Performance

The first factor to consider when choosing a synthetic ice flooring is how well your skaters will be able to perform on this surface. One drawback of skating on older artificial ice is lack of glide.

Our latest high-tech formula has a solution to this issue. KwikRink’s newest 5th generation formula panels have 95% of real ice’s glide and allow a glide of up to 50 feet on one stride.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice is designed to be hard enough that it can withstand the grueling training regimens of hockey and figure skaters alike, but not so hard that it would quickly dull skating blades.

It is soft enough that you can “feel” the ice, but not so soft that you are creating excess friction that slows your glide and makes you feel like you are skating on train tracks.

Further, our materials require no topical sprays. And the slip agent for these self-lubricating panels won’t ooze out from between the joints either.

No topical spray or oozing means no oily residue on the panels. No oily residue means no mess or ruined clothing. Who doesn’t love keeping their uniforms and costumes pristine while skating in any climate?

Customization and Assembly

When you’ve decided on a synthetic ice flooring product, what’s next?  Customization and ease of assembly are the next factors in functional and enjoyable synthetic ice flooring.

From a simple practice rink in the basement to something as elaborate as the Harris Winter Wonderland in Rockford, IL, we can design and customize the rink to fit your space.

Panels are typically 4 ft x 8 ft but can be cut to any size depending on your application. Your rink space may need cutouts around supporting columns or angled walls, or a detailed design through a park and around trees.

KwikRink has all the rink accessories you may need. They will work with you to design the best layout for your space.

KwikRink can also provide:

  •       dasher boards,
  •       plexiglass,
  •       goals and nets,
  •       shooting tarps, and
  •       colored lines and markings,
  •       as well as rental skates and sharpeners.

Assembling your custom rink is as simple as putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Our proprietary Lock-Rink dovetail system fits together in a snap, taking as little as 30 minutes to install your new ice flooring.

That Lock-Rink dovetail system also leads to an almost seamless surface. No bumps or catches for your skaters means promoting a superior product your skaters will want to use.

Durability

Your skaters will love skating on our, ahem, leading-edge synthetic ice. Rink assembly is a snap. Now, how long is it going to maintain those high performing qualities? Durability is one more factor to consider when choosing a synthetic ice product.

For a rink that lasts from 7-10 years, choose our 3/8” thick panels. Choose our 1/2” heavy-duty panels to survive your skaters wear and tear for more than a decade.

With either product choice, KwikRink Synthetic Ice is designed to hold up to the full rigors of competitive hockey and figure skaters.

In addition to our generous panel thickness, our flooring does not bleed slip agent, and the surface will always keep its glide. Many products that ooze slip agent or need spray lubricants will diminish in performance over time.

This type of aging of the surface leads to a poor skating experience. Your investment will last a long time and continue to provide peak performance when you select a KwikRink Synthetic ice rink.

We value our customers

Once you have a product with top of the line performance, can be entirely customized, fits together seamlessly in minutes, and will last over a decade, what more do you need?

A company that you can work with and trust like KwikRink is the, uh, “icing” on the cake. We continually update our research and development to provide you with the best product possible.

You can trust a company with 20+ years of experience in customizing synthetic ice flooring. We’ve handled a variety of challenging applications with ease, and we work hard to deliver the rink you need for the ice-time you want.

Our company has constructed ice rinks on five continents around the globe. We’ve worked with customers from NHL hockey stars to professional coaches, to the aspiring figure skater, to the young hockey student.  We understand functional skating performance for a variety of sport applications.

What makes a good synthetic ice flooring?

A superior synthetic ice flooring is defined by its glide, its cleanliness, its durability, its ease of assembly, and its ability to fit your space, purpose, and budget.

The people behind its design, installation, and customer support also define the best synthetic flooring. Contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice today and get started on your new rink.

If you’ve just wrapped up your Christmas in July event, it’s time to start thinking about next year. What can you do to make next year’s event bigger and better? Why not start with ice rink kits? It’s a fun, exciting, and unique opportunity to bring the spirit of the holidays to the middle of the summer. It’s easier to do than you think.

Ice rink kits are a fantastic way to celebrate Christmas in July. Who knows, you may love it so much that you may even want to join the rent-to-buy program and keep that rink year-round. Learn more about the options we offer by calling KwikRink Synthetic Ice at (888) 275-2345 or request a quote online.

Host a Winter Festival Next Summer

One of the easiest ways to make your next event stand out is with a rented ice rink kit. Make this the start of your Christmas in July celebration. Set it up and then let the fun begin. Here are a few tips for making it more enjoyable:

  • Set up a few opportunities throughout the festival to have local hockey stars or players from the local team visit.
  • Host a training session for figure skating. Introduce young children to this skill in an upbeat environment.
  • Set up hot chocolate stands (ok, maybe frozen hot chocolate) and perhaps a few food trucks to welcome the community to the event for a few weekends at a time.
  • Use local support through sponsorships to host the winter festival. You can even host a summer movie on the ice.
  • With the rink in place, add some music for a romantic evening under the stars for the couples in your community.

You can use the proceeds from these types of events to support your organization. Or, use the profits, on the other hand, to fundraise for a local program or charity. Winter festivals are unique during the summer months. That is what makes them so enjoyable and exciting. They are sure to get attention!

The Ideal Time for a Unique Summer Sports Camp

Many sports programs host events during the summer months to draw attention to the sport for those who may not get a chance to play during the year. Summer sports programs are also an excellent way to work on off-season skills training.

Hosting summer sports camps is an opportunity to grow interest in the sport, especially in areas where your current roster of players for the upcoming season is low. You can rent rinks of various sizes to host training programs for all types of ice sports, including:

  • Ice hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Recreational ice skating
  • Speed skating
  • Curling, and much more!

Schools with sports programs like these may find this is an excellent opportunity to get kids onto the campus for some fun. Use an ice rink kit throughout the summer as a way to attract incoming students to a particular school or program. Get them into teams and having fun getting to know the coaches.

Create a Winter-Themed Day Camp 

According to the American Camp Association, kids attended 5,600 day camps in 2017. They are traditionally a meaningful way to celebrate the summer months. They are also fantastic because they keep kids learning all summer long.

Hosting a winter-themed day camp can be an excellent way for your organization to keep kids having fun throughout the summer. With ice rink kits, the process is straightforward. Imagine an afternoon and evening spent learning to ice skate or hosting a day camp social on the rink.

Get the Day Care Kids Involved in a New Activity

During the summer months, daycares tend to have a group of older children who would routinely be in school. With an ice rink present, they can have a lot of fun enjoying a new activity, one they probably have never tried before (at least in the summer months!)

With a portable ice skating option, you can open their eyes to a new opportunity. You may even motivate them to dive in and learn ice hockey once the season starts. This type of activity is also great exercise, even on a hot summer day.

Keep Your Rec or Fitness Center Members Engaged

Recreation Centers often face the challenge of keeping local kids busy and engaged on the weekends or during the summer months. What if you had an ice skating rink at the rec center? Ice rink kits can be assembled to accommodate a variety of space options.  Rental rinks can be created to outfit a gymnasium or set up a skills practice area in a smaller space.

With Fitness Centers that charge a membership fee and need to increase the number of people in attendance, offering unique activities like this is crucial to maintain and grow membership numbers. With an ice rink rental kit, it’s easy to do. Rent it for a month or longer to drive home the Christmas in July theme and offset those often flagging summer attendance numbers. Adults and kids will love the experience.

Capture Attention at Your Resort with an Ice Rink Kit

Drawing people back into your hotel or resort can be a challenge in some areas. Offering something new and exciting can be the ideal way for you to bring people in, as travelers are always looking for the hot new thing to do in the area.

Ice rink kits are a merry way to offer something different under the hot summer sun. Imagine having an easy to assemble, low maintenance ice rink available to your guests. It might be 90 plus degrees, but that won’t stop your guests from strapping on some skates and having an amazing time right at your venue.  That can help to drive up the sales of passes, beverages, and onsite amenities. And, it’s easy to create with ice rink kits like this.

Looking for a Few More Ideas? 

No matter what your ideas and uses for an ice rink kit are, it can be a lot of fun to incorporate this into your summertime events. Let our team at KwikRink Synthetic Ice help you with your portable ice rink rental. It’s a fun and simple way to celebrate the colder months in the middle of the summer. Request a quote right now, so you have plenty of time to let everyone know what great experiences you will have available next summer.

The temperature was hovering in the teens all day, but it could have been much worse on a late January day in Minnesota. The installation took place on January 28th and was completed in approximately 12 hours. This is one of the most complex jobs that we have done and certainly is one to be proud of.

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The synthetic ice surface was to be cut around the Medtronic “Horn” sculpture. This is not your standard synthetic ice rink installation. When dealing with a very abstract project like this, it is important to be able to ad-lib as you go. There is no blueprint for this type of installation.

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The flooring/substrate around the sculpture was very unlevel with a lot of undulation. This can pose problems for the seams on any synthetic ice surface. We were forced to individually shim each panel as it was laid down. If this rink were to be permanently placed here, an underlay substrate may have been necessary.                                                                                                                          
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Once the installation got towards the arms of the Medtronic Sculpture, the project slowed down a bit. It was important to make precise cuts around these arms. Skaters will be skating through this sculpture during pregame Super Bowl LII festivities – open to ticket-holders only.

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As we close in on our 11th straight hour on the job, we see the end in sight. Day turns to night, and the Medtronic Sculpture lights up creating a beautiful visual of the rink right in front of U.S. Bank Stadium.

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A clean look at the finished synthetic ice installation. This is game-day ready as soon as the perimeter fencing is installed. Freestyle skaters and figure skaters will be providing some eye candy for those walking into the big game!