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Mike Holmes pitches in to fix fire-damaged Jamie Bell playground

The popular play castle in High Park that fell to arson on March 17 will soon be rebuilt, thanks in part to Michael Holmes.

"Toronto is his home town," says Rob Richardson of the city's parks department. "He's certainly done projects all over the place. He saw this as a community tragedy, as we all did. It seemed like a really good fit for him."

Holmes has signed up landscape architect Janet Rosenberg, who will also be donating her services in kind.

"We hope to be able to look at the design possibly by the end of the week," Richardson says.

In addition to Holmes and Rosenberg, the Sprott Foundation has offered to match community donations to the project up to $30,000.

With all the help, the plan is to have the work substantially completed by Saturday, July 7, when community members and other interested people are invited to show up at the Jamie Bell playground to help put finishing touches on the place, including staining and moving mulch.

Writer: Bert Archer
Source: Rob Richardson

Do you know of a new building going up, a business expanding or being renovated, a park in the works or even a new house being built in the neighbourhood? Please send your development news tips to bert@yongestreetmedia.ca.

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