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 »
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  • The War Memorial Park was founded to commemorate the fallen of the Great War and it is always moving to see the main cenotaph, the plaques dedicated to servicemen who died in the Second World War in front of trees and exhibition in the visitor centre which has photographs of soldiers who died in the 1914-18 conflict: in one case several brothers, in another young men killed on or near Armistice Day itself. The park is splendid, in one of the nicest areas of Coventry, and I intend to have a go on the pitch and putting course and exercise facilities or explore the surrounding woods - it's good to walk around the perimeter as people and animals of all ages do. Stivichall Manor is worth considering too while I like the cafes. It was here where my brother and I witnessed the arrival of the Olympic torch in July 2012 and we have since found the park to be an excellent venue for community events for which his company provided equipment.
  • Lovely place for a visit on a sunny Summer day. Parking is good and there are plenty of paths and places to sit for people with mobility problems. Wheelchair friendly apart from the main cafe. Tables outside prevented us getting to the door but a member of staff came out and they were very helpful. Brought a table out to where we could get to and we had a pleasant lunch in the sun.
  • The best park for a sunny day out,in fact it looks even better in the snow. Amazing views and landscapes. The park is huge and has a great history about war and it's consequences. A good park for a dogs day out and for kids to play in the field. Ideal for football fanatics and tennis. Although I see a lot of skaters as well. All over a good place to relax and enjoy with family.
  • A fantastic park! With a children's playground, football fields and a skatepark it's brilliant for little kids. The walk is perfect for any dog owner and I have completed it many times. The park also hosts a range of events throughout the year including the Godiva festival which is awesome if you like good music! They've had some amazing bands play recently.
  • A lovely day. Once a year the Vasakhi Mela happens here. Celebrated by Indians. Everone welcome a day for integration. To take part in sport football, running, Tug of war and much much more. Indian Food made on the spot , hot and delicious. Community groups giving out there details. Stalls of jewellery, clothes, books, music and more. This celebration has been happening here for many years and hopefully many more. Memorial Park is a vast space a well maintained park fitting for all sorts of activities and even lazy afternoons .
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