What if your playground was made of ice?
What if your playground was made of ice? An Qui Feng of Harbin, China cuts away at an ice block while working on a sculpture for this year's Ice Alaska Ice Park in Fairbanks, Alaska (AP photos)
What if your playground was made of ice?
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Workers are building an ice playground in a city in Alaska. It will include a pirate ship slide made from 65 refrigerator-sized blocks of ice. It will even have mazes.

The work began at the George Horner Ice Park in Fairbanks. It's in preparation for the annual world ice sculpture championships, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

A giant ice lens also is planned. Ice championships chairman Dick Brickley said it will be 12 feet in diameter. It will be powerful enough to focus the sun's rays and start a fire, he said.

The ice is so clear, the rays go right through it. One small telescope in the past started a fire on a piece of plywood.

Another new attraction is an experimental sculpture. It will be carved on land. Then it will be displayed underwater.

Its kind of a neat new concept, Brickley said. We make it so the public can walk out over the ice and see the carving under the water.

The attractions must be completed by Feb. 23. That's when teams of artists participating in the 2015 BP World Ice Art championships begin making sculptures.

The ice being harvested is crystal-clear aqua blue, Brickley said. This winter has been warmer. There's been less snow than usual. That is actually good for ice formation, he said. Snow can shield ice from cold air.

On Feb. 23, teams of artists begin making their single-block and multi-block sculptures for the competition part of the event. The events will feature artists from 16 countries.

So far, crews have harvested about 188 of the 1,000 ice blocks they need for the park. The ice is 22 inches thick. That is a good depth for ice park construction.

The clear aqua blue ice is a big attraction, though.

"Thats why these artists pay all that money to come in here and carve it, Brickley said.

Critical thinking challenge: CTC: What's so special about the ice being harvested? How is it different from ice in your refrigerator at home?

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COMMENTS (34)
  • caitlynnk-Hyl
    1/28/2015 - 12:08 p.m.

    This was a very cool atrial. I never knew that this championship existed. I like the idea of the play ground because it is good for all ages. Like if there was a big family going to visit and some kids liked mazes and some kids liked pirate ships they could both in joy this park. I wonder if the ground is made out of ice but then all people could not visit if they did not know how to ice skate. Also it be hard to go on the pirate ship. Also I wonder if any company is sponsoring this play ground. I also wonder if this championship is going to be on TV. Also what other country's are competing.

  • John0724-YYCA
    1/28/2015 - 08:11 p.m.

    I pretty much not call this a playground but I think this is like a skiing place or maybe you could snowboard because the ice will be very slippery and if they fall you don't know if they are going to fall and crack their skull which could led them into a total chaos. When some accident happens like this one the playground could get sued and they might get closed down.

  • VictoriaT-Mau
    1/29/2015 - 11:26 a.m.

    When did the people finish building the ice playground and like did they just build it for fun or did they just do it for fun.Did the people who built it how old are they.

  • peytoni-Hyl
    1/29/2015 - 12:03 p.m.

    I think the article was amazing because the article told me about the playground being build out of ice. I also didn't know building a playground out of ice was possible. I like how the article told me how much they get of ice and how many inches of ice there are. I also can not believe that workers actually carve ice into a playground.

  • nolanb-Hyl
    1/29/2015 - 12:04 p.m.

    The idea of a ice playground is totally awesome. Even the pirate ship with a maze is cool too. I can't believe that it would take 1,000 ice blocks to make the playground. I can't believe that clear ice can start a fire. Also it is cool that the ice is 22 inches thick. This project that people are building is awesome.

  • brandond-Hyl
    1/29/2015 - 12:06 p.m.

    This passage was amazing! The fact that a ice play ground was Under water was unbelievable! And it was recently

  • ashleighb-Hyl
    1/29/2015 - 12:07 p.m.

    I really enjoyed this article. I REALLY want to see the clear aqua blue ice. I also want to see the ice playground. It is interesting that you can build an ice playground! I REALLY enjoyed this article.:)

  • steph6-Bla
    1/29/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    My first word is WOW it ipresses me that ice sculpters built a ice play ground in Alaska.

  • haileybr-Bla
    2/01/2015 - 11:00 a.m.

    This article is about workers building n ice playground in Alaska. It will have pirate ship slides and even mazes. They are entering it in the annual world ice sculpture championships. The ice's color is crystal clear aqua blue. In Alaska it has been warmer and that was good because the snow shields the ice from cold winds so it would melt. The crews have harvested 188 of the 1,000 ice blocks they need. That is my summary on What If Your Playground Was Made Out Of Ice.

  • pennyw-Bla
    2/01/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    0n February 23, artists from 16 countries will begin a playground made of ice and other sculptures for the 2015 world ice championship in Fairbanks Alaska. Some things you will see there are pirate ship slide, a lens made of ice and the under water ice sculpture. Crews need to get 1,000 ice blocks for the playground and park. The ice is crystal clear blue. They do this every year.

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