project leader
Cole W
Euclid Heights Blvd & Coventry Rd
(Coventry Village)
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Fundraising Update

the project

The Coventry Living Room Project is a community-based place-making effort. Our goal is to create a public, outdoor gathering space that strengthens the sense of community in the Coventry Village neighborhood of Cleveland Heights.

We’ve created a plan to activate Pekar Park - a small, underutilized plaza at the edge of our commercial district. Our vision is for a space that allows us to do together the things that we do each day: reading a book from the library, sharing a meal from a local restaurant, putting on a community event, and more. In concrete terms, this means a space with benches, tables, and chairs; a stage for performances; a canopy for shade; and art that matches our neighborhood's identity. We’re confident in this vision, because we didn’t come up with it alone. It’s the byproduct of the thoughts and deliberations of over two dozen people with connections to Coventry Village. This is a project that reflects those who live in our neighborhood and what they need.

the steps

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.

why we're doing it

We believe that neighborhoods are stronger when the people in them see, bump into, and get to know one another. But we also recognize that the heart of our neighborhood - its commercial district - lacks the type of public spaces needed to make that happen. Fundamentally, this project is about building trust, making connections, and strengthening community.


Final budget


Canopy  $1,650.00

Furniture cost $2,553.00

Furniture materials $650.00

Furniture commissions $2,500.00

Furniture delivery/placement $260.13

Solar powered lights $150.00

Planters with plants $1,050.00

Signage $100.00

Misc., such as cables and locks $200.00

TOTAL $9,113.13

TOTAL RAISED = $9,808.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $490.40
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $204.24

Original budget

The funds will be used to commission artists and purchase furniture, plants, paint, and other supplies. We're pursuing additional funding, so the amount below slightly exceeds our ioby fundraising target. The below are approximations by category:

  • Furniture: $2,350
  • Artist Commissions and Supplies: $3,150
  • Planters and Plants: $850
  • Miscellaneous (e.g., lighting, cable locks): $450

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $326
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.


Fundraising Update

We exceeded our goal!

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we've raised over $9,000. This figure includes online donations, checks (which haven't been cashed yet, so aren't reflected here!), and the Mini-Grant we received from Future Heights. More to come soon!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Akron Community Foundation
  • Ellen R.
  • Michael C.
  • Linda F.
  • Amy K.
  • Ross T.
  • Laura W
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Mike M.
  • Rachel D.
  • Sue W.
  • Breakwall Media
  • Mac's Backs-Books on Coventry
  • Jocelyn and Kevin R.
  • Greg Z.
  • Anonymous
  • Cheryl C.
  • Olivia B.
  • Anonymous
  • Elana S.
  • Christine A.
  • Robert W.
  • Micah Kirman
  • Brady D.
  • Robert N Brown
  • Coventry neighbor
  • Gail Larson
  • Anonymous
  • Robert N Brown
  • Cole W.