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.
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.