Mini-Rink Has Applications Beyond Ice Facilities
(Richard Johnson Photography Inc.)
A feature of several recent Canadian ice rink complexes, the mini floor-hockey rink is — let's face it — a too-fun component that needn't be limited to ice facilities. Constructed of standard materials, including dasher boards complete with a latching entry door, glass panels and safety netting above, and outfitted with small goals, mini-rinks cost a bit more than $20,000 and can be specially ordered from most dasher manufacturers. This example, located on the second level of the four-year-old Invista Centre in Kingston, Ont., was provided by Guelph, Ont.-based Raita Sport North America Inc. and specified by architects Barry Bryan Associates (1991) Limited of Whitby, Ont., a firm that has since included one in its design of the Benson Centre in Cornwall, Ont. The Invista Centre's rink, while shown here inhabiting a central space on the concourse's terrazzo surface, is held in place only by its own weight, meaning that it could be easily dismantled and moved to another location.
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