Phoenix Approves Hance Park Redesign Over the Next Decade

Janessa Hilliard
The unveiling's captive crowd at sunset.

By 7:30 p.m., half an hour after her opening line and a stalled start of the presentation due to technical delays (attempted to be assuaged by some very poor movie star impersonations by em cee Greg Lutz), the darkened grass in front of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival main stage was standing-room only -- though few cheered when asked if they were ready to see the unveiling of the Hance Park Master Plan that was to follow.

Two months ago, the proposed designed divided the park into three distinct areas designated by design and functionality: the neighborhood park ("Valley"), the urban park ("Canyon"), and the civic park ("Plateau").

The design presented on Thursday, March 27, was identical -- a long-term vision set to roll out over six to 10 years.

Each area of the park is either bordered by or incorporates the park's neighbors like the Phoenix Center for the Arts and the Japanese Friendship Garden. The first third, or "Valley," is to highlight the park's family friendly qualities with an expanded dog park, shade structures, and an additional playground for children while adding a safer crosswalk for parents and children to attend the Great Arizona Puppet Theater across Third Avenue.

The "Canyon" part of Hance Park, including and west of the Burton Barr Library, will include a skate park, movable café-style seating, and an overarching shade structure called "The Cloud," which will help define the park as a designated destination.

The area where Thursday's meeting was held, the "Plateau" section, will include much of what Phoenicians experienced during the meeting: a food truck area, beer garden and well-maintained public plazas.

Location Info


Margaret T. Hance Park

1134 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Center for the Arts

1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix/Ro Ho En

1125 N. Third Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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