PIONEERS OF THE POPUPRINK INDUSTRY
Drawing from our Canadian roots, skating is not just our job, it is our passion. Founded by an industry professional with more than 30+ years experience, and an experienced architectural designer, with extensive project management experience; together, they bring their valuable years of expertise to the client relationship.
Plastic (synthetic) ice existed for decades, and in 2005 our company founder helped re-purposed the product for public events and launched an industry. Its popularity grew quickly, and while others have tried to duplicate our work, we continue to be trailblazers as the 'Original PopUpRink Company'.
What You Need To Know
Common questions and answers.
What are the site requirements to install a skating rink? Every rink installation needs a solid, flat area to support the rink set up or construction. The ideal location is a concrete floor, or sub-floor deck, while some real ice installations may require a sand box construction to support construction.
Can you set up your skating rinks on grass or dirt? Uneven areas, like grass, dirt, or gravel, require a sub-floor deck, or a sand box, to provide a level surface. We can provide this service if required.
What are the space requirements? In addition to the sq. footage needed for the rink area and skater lounge, real ice rinks require an open area for snow dumping is required, plus an area for placement of refrigeration system, generators (if required), equipment storage, and guest kiosk area.
Can you set up a rink indoors? Yes, our rinks can be installed either indoors or outdoors, however real ice is more suitable for outdoor locations.Synthetic ice and roller floors can be installed anywhere; rooftops, patios, auditoriums, stages etc. No power or refrigeration is required, and synthetic ice will never melt.
How long does installation and/or removal take? Pending weather conditions, a typical installation and/or removal process can take 3-5 hours for synthetic ice, and roller skating floors, and from 7-10 days for real ice rinks.
What are the power requirements? Synthetic ice and roller skating rinks, only require standard power to run lighting, and auxiliary equipment, while real ice rinks require 3 phase power, 460/480 volts (208/230 volt is acceptable). Auxiliary power generators are subject to local rates.
What are the recommended age requirements? 4 years to adult (65 years).
What is synthetic ice made of, and is it safe? Yes it is safe. The rink materials are made of a high density RECYCLABLE polymer, and sprayed with a non-toxic material to facilitate the glide.
Does synthetic ice feel like skating on real ice? The glide is slower than real ice by approx. 15%, much like skating on a frozen pond. Novice skaters may not notice a difference. Experienced figure skaters may need time to adjust, but will generally acclimate within minutes. Because the glide is a result of the friction created from the heat of the blade, you need push a little harder, to generate and maintain glide, and with the application of the glide enhancer, the speed can be adjusted to suit the ability of the skater.
Do you need special skates, and can people bring their own skates? We use regular ice skates, therefore people can bring their own, however we remind them that the blade should be sharp.
What if we need to change our date, or cancel our event? For single day or weekend events, you must notify us of your intent to change or cancel your event within 2-7 days of your event. Events that extend 7+ days require a minimum of 14 days notice, and seasonal events require 30 days notice of change/cancellation. You may then reschedule for up to 6 months.