From CBC News
Mike Holmes to help rebuild High Park playground
Work set to begin in July
Famous TV handyman Mike Holmes and his crew will help rebuild a children’s playground in High Park badly damaged by a fire in March.
Details of plans to rebuild the Jamie Bell Adventure Park were released on Friday
“I haven’t been this excited since I went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina,” Holmes said.
Plans for the new park include more seating, slides and cutting-edge building technology.
"Solar lighting that has no electricity ... we are going to be state of the art," said Holmes.
The playground, which is located near the park entrance off High Park Boulevard and Parkside Drive, was originally built in 1998 by a group of community volunteers.
Coun. Sarah Doucette has been working to co-ordinate the rebuild efforts, which include pulling together community and corporate partners.
She said having Holmes and his building expertise will be key to the project.
"This is what we needed," she told CBC News. "Someone to come and do the big heavy build so the community can still do the painting, the mulch, the tweaking."
Corporate donors, including Canadian Tire, Lowes and TD Bank have all pitched in with contributions of money and materials.
Holmes and his crew will begin the work in the first week of July.