Volunteers clean up Coventry park and playground
On Oct. 15, a crisp sunny day, volunteers gathered at the hilltop of the Coventry Playground at 9 a.m. for the biannual fall clean-up day.
The volunteer groups comprised members of the Cleveland Heights Youth Committee, Heights High’s swim team and Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN), B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO), Heights High alumni, and the hardworking Coventry Playground Committee, headed by Erick Kauffman.
Their first project was to set up the tent and tables to hold the food for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast treats, donated by Zoss The Swiss Baker and Phoenix Coffee, were quickly consumed, and appreciated. Then the work began.
Volunteers weeded the gardens, cleaning out accumulated growth and other debris. They painted the glider and the turret roofs. Scott Jackson supervised the extensive repair of several pieces of playground equipment.
The volunteers took a break to enjoy lunch, generously provided by Tommy’s restaurant.
The work day ended at 3 p.m., when the remaining volunteers put the garden equipment away and went home with the satisfaction of having helped keep the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. gardens and playground the beautiful green space that it is for the Cleveland Heights community.
The organizers thank everyone who came out to volunteer, and hope to see everyone again for the next clean-up day, in the spring.
Joanne C. Campbell, a Cleveland Heights resident for more than 50 years, has been involved with Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park for more than 20 years.