WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – If you freeze it, they will come.
A Waynesville man has turned his front yard into a “Pond of Dreams.”
“It’s just magical,” said Kent Metcalf who owns the pond. “You just come up through the trees and all of a sudden the kids skating on the pond. It’s serene.”
From all over the Miami Valley, they come to be a part of Metcalf’s dream of sharing hockey with everyone.
Four years ago, he started opening his frozen pond for people to come play hockey and skate. Metcalf wanted people to experience what it’s like to skate on a frozen pond much like people do in the northern states.
For some, the experience was a little challenging at first.
“Is that possible,” said eleven-year-old Jaxon Goulet his first time on the ice. “Won’t you just break through the ice like in all the movies?”
The only breaks happening on this ice, however, are the players with a wide open shot to the goal.
“Kent’s given a gift to the kids in Dayton,” said Jeff Duford, a hockey coach in the region. “The parents just can’t pull them off the ice. Time kind of stops when they’re here.”
People slowly started showing up to Metcalf’s property with the crowds getting bigger every year.
For Metcalf, the ice has always been a place for him to relax with friends.
“Sometimes I’ll just come out here and sit and look at the pond,” said Metcalf. “It almost develops a soul.”
The creator of the “Pond of Dreams” also wanted a place for kids to relax. The pond almost acts a metaphor teaching young athletes to enjoy the game.
In the great outdoors, there are no boards or boundaries giving players a chance to have fun away from physical and mental structures.
“A lot of people just like it so much more,” said Metcalf. “You get to breathe the fresh air. You’re outdoors. And we don’t put any expectations on these kids.”
Since the pond has opened to the public, hundreds of people make the drive to share in the love of hockey, the cold, and some good camaraderie.
“He’s poured his time and his money to make this happen,” said Duford. “It really is the pond of dreams. He’s built it and we’re definitely coming.”
It is a pond of dreams where players say anything can happen.
It may even have you believing iconic hockey players could walk out from the tree line and skate onto the ice.