What is the Coventry Living Room Project?

The Coventry Living Room Project aims to create a public gathering space that strengthens the sense of community in the Coventry neighborhood. 

We plan to take inspiration from parklets, pedestrian plazas, and other examples of community-building infrastructure in our and other cities. Throughout the process, we’ll design the space with those who live, work, and play in Coventry. This is a community-led project sponsored by the Coventry Village Special Improvement District.

How do I get involved?

A special thanks to those who attended our community design sessions in November and January.

To learn about future opportunities to get involved or to donate to this project, contact us to be added to the email list.

What is the space going to look like?

Through a series of community design sessions, residents and local stakeholders collectively came up with the following design principles for the project:

Design Principles

The principles below are a synthesis of themes from both the design session and submissions on the online feedback form:

  • Inviting space with greenery, shade, art, and colorful elements
  • Multifunctional space that is accessible to and enjoyable for all community members (e.g., across age groups)
  • Elements that separate users from vehicles and create a sense of safety
  • Extensive seating, including semi-private options that create a sense of enclosure
  • An all-day, multi-seasonal design

What is the timeline?

Our current timeline is below:

November 2022: Work with community members to create design principles for the project.

December 2022: Develop design options based on those principles. 

January 2023: Select a draft design based on community feedback.

February-April 2023: Fundraising, permitting, and purchasing materials.

May 2023: Build our new gathering space.

June-October 2023: Maintain our new space for the community.

October 2023: Take down our installation for the cold months.

Who do I contact with questions?

Contact Cole Ware at ware.cole@gmail.com