Environmentally Friendly Skating Rinks Made from Resin Panels in Japan

December 9, 2008 / 3 Comments

Toyama prefecture is located in northern Japan. It gets cold there in the winter, but not really cold enough to freeze a lake or a pond. Not to worry, Japan has an answer to those who still want to go skating. There’s a skating made out of resin, plastic. It’s 300-square-meters square and  billed as environmentally friendly.

resin skating rink Environmentally Friendly Skating Rinks Made from Resin Panels in Japan

The two reasons are – 1. The rink doesn’t use water to make ice and 2. the rink can be operated at half the cost of conventional ice rinks. There is no need for a cooling system. So, why only half the cost, I wonder?

The rink uses some 80 pieces of plastic glued together and skaters can frolic about as if they were on ice. Speed is slower because of greater friction and I don’t suppose your hands get cold when you fall down. Ah, and no worrying about going through the ice and into the drink either.

3 Responses

  • Mark Haugen / December 12, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    why not just roller skate then? Has everyone forgotten about it? You can skate on any smooth surface cement included, and you don’t slow down as much.

  • Cat Moves / December 13, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Wonderful. More idiotic uses to waste petroleum. I thought we were running out of it?

  • Chris Wilson / January 14, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Environmentally beneficial?
    Probably in the long term as ordinarily temperatures are controlled in conventional rinks using vast amounts of energy similar to a large fridge, whereas this type of polymer requires little or no maintenance and fun can be enjoyed in much warmer conditions.

    No details are provided as to what the polymer is made of and no price comparisons are evident but as a medium/long term investment it does sound a viable alternative. My guess would be the polymer used is the slippery man made substance that even a “gecko” cannot get a grip on…. Teflon?

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