Celebration For New Design of Hance Park
An internationally renowned park design team will present the new design concept for Hance Park at a free community celebration March 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. that will feature live music, family activities, food trucks and a beer and wine garden.
This free community event, enHANCE : The New Park Plan, is presented by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department with event sponsor Hance Park Conservancy. The celebration will take place at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival’s music pavilion, located on the east side of the park at 3rd Street and Moreland. Festivities will include live music from Arizona School for the Arts, Rosie’s House, and local rock favorite Crisis. Attendees can celebrate with food from local gourmet food trucks and beverage purveyors as well as enter to win free tickets to arts and cultural venues.
At 6:45 p.m. designer / master planner Jerry van Eyck (www.melk-nyc.com), prime consultant/ project manager Phil Weddle (weddlegilmore.com), and landscape architect Kris Floor (floorassociates.com) will present the new plan for Hance Park on the stage of the MMMF pavilion. Attendees will get a “sneak preview” of the master plan before it appears online.
For the past several months, this highly regarded design team comprised of international, national and local talent has held public forums and workshops to craft a new design vision for this important downtown Phoenix park. The team gathered ideas and opinions from hundreds of conversations with public and private stakeholders to create the new master plan design for Hance Park.
The community celebration marks the completion of the new master plan process for Margaret T. Hance Park, which was first dedicated in 1992. Hance Park is a compelling site for a new urban park. Its 32 acres are located on Central Avenue over Interstate 10, a short distance from two light rail stations. Hance Park’s rich cultural assets include libraries, museums, the Japanese Friendship Garden, Irish Cultural Center, the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, and various arts district activities, businesses and established neighborhoods. The new master plan envisions and positions the park as an integral component of the continued revitalization and transformation of Phoenix’s urban core.
The Celebration’s co-sponsor, Hance Park Conservancy, is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to enhancing and preserving Hance Park as a vital urban green space as well as cultural and recreational resource. The Conservancy unites the more than twenty arts, cultural, neighborhood, business and downtown organizations and individuals to work with the City of Phoenix and the community to identify and raise funding to implement the ambitious Hance Park Master Plan.
More information on the park design process, including the full Master Plan Program Report, is available online at http://phoenix.gov/parks/parks/hancepark.html or by calling (602) 262-4897. More information on the event and the Hance Park Conservancy is available online at www.hanceparkconservancy.org.
*Food and beer is available for purchase.