THUNDER BAY – TV Ontario, the Community Action Group, and the City of Thunder Bay are getting together to make a difference in a neighbourhood in the city that has been getting lots of very needed ‘love’ over the past couple of years. It is just over a week until TVO comes in to revamp the Picton Park. The transformation will happen July 4, 5, & 6 2013.
Community Action in Picton Park
“This is a good time to get involved in your community and neighborhood, shares Alaina King from the Community Action Group. “Exciting times! Bring your tools if you have some, your steel toe boots,and your willingness to be a part of something positive”.
“There were six other cities that put a bid in for this opportunity and Thunder Bay was awarded the grant,” adds King. “How awesome is that!”
Picton Park was selected out of 200 applicants to be showcased on the TVO show ‘Giver’. Each episode of the show, which is produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment, brings community members together to give a local park a makeover, following the entire process from design through construction to the grand opening.
Six children from the Picton Park neighbourhood have volunteered to lead the park’s makeover, and are in the process of designing and planning a Sleeping Giant-themed playground. The filming of the episode itself will take place July 4-6, with the official grand opening scheduled for 2 pm on Saturday, July 6.
“I can be a part of that!”
“This project will really help the citizens take ownership of their neighbourhood,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “Children will enjoy a new, greatly-improved playground that they themselves designed, and everyone will truly be able to call Picton Park their own.”
Sinking Ship Entertainment is looking for adult volunteers to help out with the project, specifically individuals with carpentry or construction skills. Lunches for the children and volunteers will be donated by local restaurants/catering businesses. Those interested can contact Amanda Rozenuk at 621-4689.