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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  • Huge park in Coventry, just situated outside the city centre. Large open green spaces for running round in. Great play area with lots to do. Lots of tennis courts and a pitch and putt. Fab park to go ...  more »
  • its open space, nice to walk around, its kept nice and clean area, loads of different activities to do  more »
  • Great place for outdoor activities: jogging, football, tennis etc. It is a safe and nice place for kids to have fun. I often go there for an evening run or just a lazy Sunday walk.  more »
  • Lovely open spaces. Good for children, older people and dog walkers as there are wide well maintained flat paths with shallow slopes. There is a golf course and children's play area available. Good parking and transport links to the city centre.
  • Love this park, has great space for walking, jogging and cycling. A water park in the summer and s play area year round with sand for softer landings from slides. Golf area, small aviary and most importantly the memorial area for out glorious fallen from WW
  • Large municipal park with a good range of spaces an facilities, including children's play areas, small water park, pitch & putt golf, sports pitches and cafes. There is a circuit around the perimeter for walking running and cycling, and a formal zone where the war memorial is situated. Every year in July Memorial Park hosts a large, free family music festival called the Godiva Festival.
  • Well-loved proper city park. Always busy, lots of different areas and facilities. I feel safe here even long after dark.
  • Absolutely gorgeous park near to Coventry city centre. There is something for everyone from a play area, splash area (school holidays), tennis courts, skate park, pitch and putt, cafe and lots of space to walk or jog. Well worth a visit.

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