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, including a pirate ship slide made from 65 refrigerator-sized blocks of ice, and even mazes.

The work began at the George Horner Ice Park in Fairbanks ahead of the annual world ice sculpture championships, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

A giant ice lens also is planned, according to ice championships chairman Dick Brickley. It will be 12 feet in diameter and 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, and one small telescope in the past started a fire on a piece of plywood, Brickley said.

Another new attraction this year is an experimental sculpture that will be carved on land, then 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 the time the park opens Feb. 23. That's when teams of artists participating in the 2015 BP World Ice Art championships begin making sculptures.

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

A new piece of ice art that's scheduled to go up will feature a sculpture of Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

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

So far this year crews have harvested about 188 of the 1,000 ice blocks they needed for the park. The ice is 22 inches thick, which 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 (43)
  • alexcl-Lam
    1/26/2015 - 03:59 p.m.

    Although this idea is cool, what would happen if the ice fell on someone or melted?

  • mirandama-Lam
    1/26/2015 - 04:36 p.m.

    It would be cool if playgrounds were made into ice during the winter time, so that the ice and snow will have some purpose. What else I think is cool about the playgrounds being built into ice is that many kids love to play in snow so why not play at a play ground that's built into ice?

  • jamieu-Lam
    1/26/2015 - 04:37 p.m.

    This is an amazing idea! It gives the chance for artists all around the world to come and show other people what they can do. Ice sculptures are a beautiful thing to look at, and I can't even imagine what people can make with them!

  • NickB-2
    1/26/2015 - 06:52 p.m.

    This article is about an ice park. In Alaska, workers are building an ice playground. There will be a pirate ship and slide made from 65 giant blocks of ice. they are also making a huge telescope lens out of ice which is powerful enough to burn wood. There are making a ice sculpture on land and putting it under the water for observation.I think that this is really cool.

  • CharismaM
    1/26/2015 - 07:15 p.m.

    I think this is an interesting and unique idea. It's definitely a new approach toward the use of ice. I would love to visit this park.

  • KiraWvA-4
    1/26/2015 - 08:09 p.m.

    In Alaska, for the preliminaries of the ice carving contest, there is a park being carved out of snow-crystal-clear aqua blue ice with good formation because of the little snow. Artists from all over the world come and carve the ice; there is even an 12-foot wide ice lens planned that could focus the sun and light things on fire. I like this article because I think it is so cool that humans have found a way to make art out of everything, even something that melts.

  • nicholas.jones07
    1/26/2015 - 09:17 p.m.

    I think it is very interesting that they are making a playground out of ice. I think it is very practical considering its in Alaska. I think they should put it in the ice contest.

  • MaxG-4
    1/26/2015 - 10:07 p.m.

    This article is about a current park with sculptures and playgrounds being made of ice. They even plan to have a giant ice lens that could focus the suns rays and cause fires. But why? Why build a giant lens that could cause fire? There no upside to it!
    It is believed that the lack of snow due to the earth warming (or not depending on who you ask...) helps with the ice so it can be exposed to more cold. So far 1,000 blocks of ice have been gathered for the park. Each block is 22 inches thick.

    This is an interesting article, but what is the point of it? A big red flag alert should come up when they even admit a giant lens could cause fires. The fact of a park made of ice is amazing, but just simply dangerous. And temperatures rise a little bit more it melts. Just a little bit dangerous. Especially if a fire from the lens sets the park on fire.

  • DAlexis-Cas
    1/27/2015 - 03:48 p.m.

    In my opinion, it sounds like a good idea! Most people would love to see ice sculptures and it's really unique because no one could really make there own sculptures like a pirate ship in the ice sculpture championships, but I think that it's good while it lasts, because temperatures could ruin it, so it's just an event that has to have the right weather, but it seems really fun!

  • LJavier-Sti
    1/27/2015 - 03:58 p.m.

    I think this is pretty cool but I also think this is really dangerous because what if a kid fall on the ice and I'm pretty sure that ice really hurts.

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