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War Memorial Park, Coventry

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The War Memorial Park is a large park of about 48.5 hectares situated in southern Coventry. The park was opened in July 1921 as a tribute to the 2,587 Coventrians who died between 1914 and 1918 fighting in the First World War. Coventry Council bought the land from the Lords of Styvechale Manor, the Gregory-Hood family, when it was little more than a large grassed area that once formed Styvechale common.The landscaped gardens and sports areas were originally created in the late-1920s and 1930s, and the most prominent construction in the park is the Coventry war memorial monument, built in 1927.The park's features include football pitches, bowling greens, a small golf course, tennis courts, a splash and play area, an aviary for small birds, and a skate board area, but it mainly comprises large open green areas with many trees and shrubberies. A perimeter path lies just inside the park's boundaries, and now encircles the entire park following completion of groundwork on the south-western segment in the summer of 2006. Visitors may park their cars in the park's main car park, which is also used by visitors to Coventry city centre who use the park and ride scheme.The park is the venue for a number of annual events including the Godiva Festival, Donkey Derby, Caribbean Festival and the Vaisakhi Mela. The park also holds weekly parkruns – free, timed 5km (3.1mi) runs – that attract over 300 people to the park every Saturday.In July 2013 the park gained green flag status.On 16 July 2014 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visited the park to formally launch the Centenary Fields programme of the Fields in Trust by granting the first designation under the scheme to the park.
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Where to stay in Coventry

A stay among the Gothic and Victorian architecture of the city center is within walking distance of the main attractions. Consider a rental room or B&B on the medieval Spon Street or near the canal. Both locations are scenic and conveniently located near the city center. Full of local eateries and shops, the Earlsdon area offers less expensive apartment rentals.
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  • Very spacious, lots to see. There's a park for kids and lots of space to walk around and benches to sit on.  more »
  • This park is massive. It has 2 cafes at opposite ends of the park, several walking routes are also avalible. In the summer they have music festivals, free tennis weekends e.t.c. There is a golf course...  more »
  • I really enjoy this park. I do the park run here every now and then and have been to quite a few events in the park. It's easy access from the train station and town centre. The flat is generally quit...  more »
  • Lovely place to go and enjoy a day out. Theres a small play area for kids and they got a water fountain place where the kids can enjoy running through the water jets, but its not always on. Plenty of space there. Gets busy on the warmer days.
  • Huge, well kept park with lots of facilities. Free parking Lots of sports, football, tennis, bowls, pitch & put, fitness trail. Beautiful gardens and long wooded area over. Great for dogs too Extensive, well maintained and safe children's playground. Rebound Godiva festival is very popular and free. This park is a splendid asset to Coventry
  • Love this place... somewhere to spend quality family time. Be it a picnic or just about hour or so at the playground. A nice place to relax from the normal hustle and bustle of work.. and there are two coffee shops if you need your caffeine and cake fuel as i often do 😁
  • Only discovered this gem recently and it's my new favourite place! A country park, football area, golf if you fancy! Huge sandpit and play area, water fountains for the children in the summer! FREE PARKING!
  • Massive park, loads to do, suitable for any age. Fantastic playground for children, skate park for teenagers/adults, golf course, and lots of different walking paths. Beautiful and well kept.