TORONTO - The downtown Toronto park that once served as the base camp for the month-long Occupy protest is getting a free facelift.

Dozens of volunteers with landscaping and sodding firms are fixing up the patchy and muddy lawn of St. James Park at no cost to the city.

The stretch of grass took a beating during the 39-day occupation, which saw protesters pitch tents and build fires in the park from mid-October to late last month.

City officials had estimated it could cost up to $60,000 to repair the damage.

Kyle Tobin, one of the project's organizers, says it's important to get the work done before the ground freezes.

He says the lawn will be back to its former glory in the spring.