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May 18, 2012
High Park's Jamie Bell Playground to be rebuilt by July 7
Today, Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough Agincourt), Chair of the City of Toronto's Parks and Environment Committee, announced details for the immediate rebuild of High Park's Jamie Bell Playground, which was damaged by fire in March.

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.

On July 7, 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.

"This playground was inspired and built by the imagination and creativity of the community and their children," said Councillor Kelly. "That inspiration has moved all of us to help the community redesign and rebuild this beloved family meeting place for the enjoyment of all."

Joining Councillor Kelly at this afternoon's announcement were Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park), Mike Holmes and Janet Rosenberg, alongside rebuild sponsors Canadian Tire, Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, TD Bank Group and The Sprott Foundation. The sponsors announced that they will be matching public donations up to $30,000 for the playground restoration until June 30.

Donations can be made at

Launched in 1998, the Jamie Bell Playground is a one-of-a-kind family meeting place. A fire at the playground destroyed a large portion of the structure on March 17.

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Liza Drozdov
Director of Communications, The Holmes Group



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