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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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TripAdvisor
  • Nice park and interesting, well kept. We were there for remembrance parade,in all a good day And nice easy parking  more »
  • Great place to walk the friends dog. Had just over three hours here called into the café twice for a cuppa. Parking is free probably done 4 miles on me pedometer on my phone.  more »
  • Loved strolling round here. Such a beautiful huge park to enjoy. Easy to find your way around and parking plentiful. The playpark is great fun and kids could have spent a lot longer here than we let t...  more »
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  • 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 to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city at the memorial park. Free music festivals in summer.. perfect
  • This is an amazing open space in the city and a real asset for Coventry, given how close it is to the centre. There's ample parking in the park and ride although be aware that if you have a roof box or bikes on top then it may be a squeeze to get in and it may be better using some of the other peripheral car parks. In terms of facilities there is a great sand-based play area for the kids and pavilions with toilets dotted around all over the park. In summer there is a water park that's open and there's a skate/bike park for older kids. The best thing for me is that you can ride a bike or walk all the way round and you constantly discover little gems such as the impressive war memorial itself or the gardens and ponds.
  • Lots to do in all climates. I take my son regularly and can easily lose two hours plus round the park. Great kids play area including wet area in summer. Very well maintained ans very clean.
  • It's free to go. If you want to spend some cash there is tennis, pitch and put golf course, lots of space for free see the sand play parks for kids and the water spray zone when the weather is really nice. Lots of spots for picnics and the godiva festival hosted hear.