Giver Renovates Leamington Neighbourhood (Gallery & Audio)

Karen Driedger sits at the end of the old slide at Chestnut Park in Leamington. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

The makeover is complete at Chestnut Park in Leamington, but the renovation of the neighbourhood may still have work to do.

The TVO show Giver did a full rebuild of the community park over three days of construction in August with the new park being unveiled on August 22, 2014.

Local volunteer coordinator Karen Driedger hopes the new park will be a place where kids can play safely without the past problems of drugs and fighting. “I think good things are happening in this neighbourhood,” says Driedger. “I mean it’s primarily a low-income area. It’s maybe a little bit run down. I think that it’s just getting the ball rolling.”

In a exclusive feature, Ricardo Veneza looks at how a TV show rebuild of a community park may help the neighbourhood come together and grow.