Jamie Bell Playground Update and Rebuild Date




A community rebuild date has been set for Jamie Bell Adventure Playground on Saturday, July 7, 2012.  The rebuild will be led by Mike Holmes and staff from the Holmes Makes it Right show on HGTV Canada, and will be designed by acclaimed landscape architect Janet Rosenberg. Community residents and participating sponsors will assist in completing the playground rebuild. The entire rebuild process is being filmed for a fall 2012 episode of Holmes Makes it Right. Donations can still be made at http://www.torontoparksandtrees.org.

For more information please see the message below from Councillor Doucette who has been working tirelessly to get the rebuild underway or contact her office directly at councillor_doucette@toronto.ca

“Update: May 18, 2012 – The community meeting on May 17th to address the rebuild of the Jamie Bell Playground was a great success. It was a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to meet with city staff, and the various partners on this project, to discuss the plans for the new playground and truly capture the vision this community has for the rebuild. It was family-oriented and emphasized the importance of the volunteers.

An exciting new partnership was announced with Mike Holmes and his new show Holmes Makes It Right! He made it clear that the rebuild would address safety, accessibility, drainage, and would respect the special environment that exists in the ravine where the park resides. Mr. Holmes asked for the input of the community, especially the children, and promised that their ideas would be incorporated into the plan.  Also at the meeting was Robin Sorys who will be returning to her role of Community Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Janet Rosenberg, a top landscape architect, will be one of the leaders on this project.  She shared ideas that honour the original vision and design of the castle structure, while adding new and exciting elements that will really make it a joy for all children to play on. The design she presented is based on the original structure, the input the community shared with the Parks Department and my office, and follows the City’s safety standards. Janet also announced the exciting news that the community rebuild will take place on Saturday, July 7.

The sponsorship for this project has been outstanding with Canadian Tire, Lowe’s, TD Bank, and many other corporate and private sponsors, all stepping up to help in the aftermath of the fire. In addition to this, individual donations from residents and fans of the playground have been unbelievable.   Just recently, the Sprott Family Foundation offered to match dollar for dollar, donations to the rebuild up to $30,000, and these donations can be made through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation website.

In addition to all that, City staff has been in touch with Landscape Ontario Executive Director, Tony Di Giovanni, in recent days.  He is still more than willing, as he always has been, to work with us at the end of the season to enhance the surrounding area in a way that protects the natural ravine environment.”