Coventry PEACE Park Redesign

See the FFHL’s PEACE Park campaign brochure to learn more about Coventry PEACE Park fundraising efforts. Click here to donate to the Coventry PEACE Park campaign.

May 2023 – Cleveland Heights Planning Commission approves revised PEACE Park plans

Heights Libraries is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, May 10, the City of Cleveland Heights Planning Commission approved the Library’s revised conditional use permit for renovations to the Coventry PEACE Park. This allows Heights Libraries to move ahead with its construction timeline for the public park, with the understanding that it will provide the Commission with additional plans for lighting, the walking path, and the new trees at a future date.

Click images below to see updated designs.

March 2023- Design Work Continues

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) is working with Earthscape Play for the PEACE Park playground design process. The following images are preliminary designs of some of the play structures that will be featured in the new playground.

The cardinal image shows the main play structure on the renovated playground, featuring a large wooden cardinal, a climbing nest, and a slide. The “Junior Area” image depicts some of the components that will be a part of the toddler play area. The playground is part of Phase 1 of the library’s 3-year plan to renovate Coventry PEACE Park.

January 2023

Landscape architect Andrew Sargeant presents preliminary PEACE Park design concepts at the Founders’ Reception in January 2023.

On January 11, 2023, around 30 PEACE Park Founders and friends of the park gathered to learn more about the PEACE Park design and fundraising updates. At the time of the event, The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) was over halfway to their $1.2 million goal. Based on public feedback from the early design concepts, the new park designs include over 60 new trees, a large pollinator garden, half-court basketball, an accessible quarter-mile trail, a performance stage, and an updated playground featuring a large cardinal structure.

See the PEACE Park Founders’ Reception presentation here, and look at the preliminary designs and before/after renderings of the park below.


What do you think? Early Design Concepts

On July 24, 2021, landscape architects Andrew Sargeant and Jim McKnight presented their preliminary designs for a renovated PEACE Park and playground to the public at an open house at the Coventry branch. If you were unable to attend and give your feedback, you can do so here, below, at step 3.

1. Watch a recording of the presentation.

2. Look at and/or download design drawings



3. Give your feedback by taking this short survey.


June 2021

The current playground at the Coventry PEACE Park.June 2021

In May, Heights Libraries contracted with landscape architects Andrew Sargeant and Jim McKnight, at $9,000 each, to prepare sketches and develop an overall plan for the property, including cost estimates. The park design could include an accessible playground, a walking storybook loop, an amphitheater, and outdoor seating areas. Fundraising for this project will be needed before any construction can begin, and will be handled by the nonprofit Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries.

The original playground was built in 1993 on the steep hillside site by volunteers from the community, organized by the Coventry School PTO. Over the years, maintenance on the playground has been done by volunteers, the school district, and now the Library.

Sargeant and McKnight will  coordinate and gather public input about the park through public meetings.

Landscape architect Andrew Sargeant gathers feedback from community members at the Coventry PEACE Park Design Jam.

The first event was  the Coventry PEACE Park Design Jam on Sunday, June 27. Community members were invited to visit five stations and engage in activities that will help Sargeant and McKnight determine what the community wants from the popular public space.

The second event, on Saturday, July 24, also from 1 – 4 p.m., will be an open house at the Coventry Village branch, where Sargeant and McKnight will display preliminary design proposals and answer questions from the community about the potential designs.

The third event will take place on Monday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. Sargeant and McKnight will present final plans for the park, including costs, which could include an accessible playground, a walking storybook loop, an amphitheater, and outdoor seating areas.

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