backyard hockey rink

Someone in Toronto created an epic backyard ice rink

'Tis the season to do kind things for family, friends and neighbours, as evidenced in spades by Toronto's Sven Walker.

Walker, who lives in East York, has taken it upon himself to create a huge skating rink in his backyard for the entire community to enjoy, complete with NHL-quality hockey nets and full arena floodlights.

backyard hockey rink

"If anyone is interested in playing free outdoor pick-up hockey, please let me know," wrote Walker in a private Leaside Community Facebook group on December 23. "I built one of the largest outdoor backyard ice rinks in Leaside."

The rink measures 70 ft by 30 ft, according to walker, for a total square footage of 2,100. It's also cooled with two seven-tonne glycol chillers, just like an indoor ice hockey arena.

backyard hockey rink"This means that the ice temperature can be set to minus 25 degrees C even if it's +10 C outside," explained Walker in his post. "I am looking for players (adults and kids welcome) interested in some good recreational outdoor fun and free exercise."

The father of four doesn't want anything in exchange for his hospitality — he simply built the rink for people to enjoy.

backyard ice rinkWalker's backyard is open to the public today, December 24, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. for skaters of all ages, as long as they wear helmets.

Talk about embracing the holiday spirit and being an awesome neighbour!

Photos by

Sven Walker


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Sports & Play

The Toronto Blue Jays are about to unveil new uniforms and fans want just one thing

Toronto's popular indoor beach volleyball facility is closing after landlord triples rent

Toronto is about to get an indoor golf bar and lounge

Toronto's favourite pond for winter ice skating is closing

Jeremy Lin finally receives his NBA Championship ring from the Raptors

The Toronto Maple Leafs just wore their full uniforms on the TTC subway

Toronto Maple Leafs fan with cancer meets hockey star Auston Matthews

The closest go-kart track to downtown Toronto has been shut down