New playground completed at Libro Centre with help from TVO Kids’ “Giver”

 

The new accessible playground at the Libro Centre, filmed for the TVO Kids’ “Giver” show, was completed last week. Film crews take shots of the cheering crowd. The show is expected to air in 2015.

The new accessible playground at the Libro Centre, filmed for the TVO Kids’ “Giver” show, was completed last week. Film crews take shots of the cheering crowd. The show is expected to air in 2015.

"Giver" show host Michael Lagimodiere films a promo for the show with the help of local youth.

“Giver” show host Michael Lagimodiere films a promo for the show with the help of local youth.

By Ron Giofu

 

The accessible playground at the Libro Centre didn’t take long to build and that has been documented on a show that will air next year on TVO.

The TVO Kids’ show “Giver” filmed the construction of the new playground, which was built Aug. 17-19 with the grand opening being Aug. 19. Show producer Rennata Lopez said the show is in its third season and this is the first time it has travelled to this part of the province.

“This is our 31st playground,” said Lopez.

There will be 33 playgrounds completed by the end of September, she added, with another one currently being constructed at Chestnut Park in Leamington.

A volunteer group estimated at 60 people helped construct the new accessible playground at the Libro Centre. Lopez said those “good, hard working volunteers” worked around the clock with the soft tile crew even working during the night.

This was the first accessible playground that “Giver” has produced, she added. The show is expected to air in 2015.

“We wanted to do a playground every child can play on,” said Lopez.

The fact it is near the Miracle League diamond was a selling point in the “Giver” team choosing Amherstburg, she added, also noting the playground will also be a legacy for generations to come.

“We are leaving something here the community can play with in 20 or 30 years,” said Lopez.

Rick Daly, the town’s manager of business development and programming, said an accessible playground was always part of the plans when the Libro Centre first opened. He noted that $50,000 in cash and in-kind donations was put forth by DeAngelis Construction and Norlon Builders with other cash and in-kind donations helping to cover the $80,000 overall budget. The show also donates $10,000 to every community it builds a playground in.

Daly said when the application for the show came across his desk, he believed it was a good opportunity to fill a need that had already been identified.

“It was a tremendous effort all around,” said Daly, noting the 60 volunteers including co-ordinators Michelle Jones-Rousseau, Vanessa Amlin and Angela Kelly.

“I feel extremely proud of what has occurred,” said Daly.

Mayor Wayne Hurst said “we are so excited” to see the efforts of volunteers that “worked so very hard on behalf of our community.” He said taking care of others makes Amherstburg what it is, adding that it is a project that will benefit Amherstburg for many years to come.

Jones-Rousseau, who has a son with a disability, said the new accessible playground would enhance the Miracle League diamond and serve as a source of enjoyment for many children in the area.

“There are so many people that are going to enjoy this,” she said.

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