Michigan Father’s Craft Rink Grows After First Success: “Best Thing I’ve Ever Done”

Scott Chittle of Manton, Michigan, decided his town needed an ice rink to survive the pandemic.

Although his own children did not skate, he felt that the community should have a safe outdoor space to meet, whether they realized it or not (which they did not) .

The rink has grown significantly since CBS News said Chittle’s story last February.

“Last year [it] was 3,000 square feet. This year [it’s] 5,000 square feet, ”Chittle said.

It also has a new skate sharpening machine, groomer gear, and a full lighting system all of which have been donated by companies who have seen the CBS News story and were willing to help.

“It was amazing,” Chittle said. “It’s the best thing I have ever done.”

When people initially failed to flock to his house, Chittle went door to door to coerce them.

“I was upset. I was like, ‘Are you kidding me ?! Tell your kid to go out and ice skate!’” He said.

With a little nudge, Chittle’s side yard has become the place to be. The dark winter that was, suddenly bursts with joy.

“None of these kids have electronics in their hands, it’s amazing!” noted a parent.

Scott Chittle of Manton, Michigan, built an ice rink in his backyard.

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When Chittle created the rink, he had no idea what he was really creating, but now it’s clear. For those who come, the sounds, smells and smiles will be forever – an iconic memory that children need to cherish their childhood.

“We all know you have to provide for your kids, but somehow you have to give them a little magic every now and then,” Chittle said, wiping away a tear. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

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