Groups, nonprofits, businesses and all sorts of people get together on regular basis in downtown Phoenix to plan, move things forward, or simply…talk.

But then there is the “visioning” meeting, where the talking, planning and exchange of ideas converge to create a long view for what could take shape in the future.

These discussions represent an exciting hands-on opportunity to help shape our downtown, and as the Hance Park Conservancy can attest, few areas are in more need of a real vision than Margaret T. Hance Park (sometime referred to as Deck Park).

Input and feedback are being gathered from all community stakeholders on the redesign of our 32-acre urban park. The goal is to define a framework and set of ideas that reposition Hance Park as a vibrant destination that adds even more value to our city.

The City of Phoenix and Hance Park Master Plan Design Team is inviting members of the public to join the conversation by participating in the Community Visioning Workshop. Everyone with ideas for the future of Hance Park is encouraged to attend.

See representatives of downtown organizations in action in photos below, and join tonight’s discussion on how to make Hance Park great.

If you go

What: Community Visioning Workshop

When: Wednesday, September 25, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix, AZ 85004


The Margaret T. Hance Park footprint (click to enlarge). Courtesy of City of Phoenix.


Roosevelt Action Association President Mark Davis and Leslie Casañares-Lindo of Ikoloji Sustainability Collaborative.


Phoenix Community Alliance’s Miguel Martinez and JoMarie McDonald with Duke Reiter.


Don Keuth of Phoenix Community Alliance, David Krietor of Downtown Phoenix Inc., Phoenix Arts & Culture Commission member Edward Jensen, and GG George of Encanto Citizens Association.


The design team led by Kris Floor of Floor Associates, Phil Weddle of Weddle Gilmore Architects, and Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona.


What role can Hance Park play in future event planning?

 “En-Hance” based on image courtesy of City of Phoenix