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Snake Park and Reclaiming the Coventry Canal


Snake Park: Collaborative transformation of urban green space

Reclaiming “Snake Park” is a collaborative effort between local communities and researchers in order to develop a participatory design proposal and carry out a physical transformation of a green space next to the Coventry Canal. Despite being one of the few green areas in Foleshill, “Snake Park” is underutilised by local inhabitants because of its neglected condition and lack of safety.

In this project, researchers will make their technical expertise available for the diverse local community to design and materialise a transformation of the area and foster a collaborative culture of care for the urban environment. Storytelling will also play a key role in the unfolding of the participatory process and creating bonds among participants that will be reflected in the creation of a collective memory archive.

Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins (Department of Sociology, Warwick - pictured right), Dr Sergio Ruiz Cayuela (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry) and Tulika Gadakari (Faculty Research Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Coventry).

Reclaiming Coventry Canal Festival

Reclaiming the Coventry Canal Festival will unite Coventry’s vulnerable communities to symbolically reclaim the canal - a unique element of the city’s industrial and environmental heritage. The project will involve outdoor activities co-ordinated by local artists and organisations to illuminate the canal’s historical, environmental and cultural heritage.

Special attention will be given to traditionally under-represented communities and the values they attach to waterways. After the festival, attendees will move to the waterway to symbolically take to the canal while local artists perform from the top of a barge along the canal.

This is a collaborative project involving Coventry University, Coventry Peace House, Sergio Ruiz Cayeula (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University) and Alastair Smith (Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick). To find out more, please contact Dr Alastair Smith.