Depending on whom you ask, Hance Park, or “Deck Park” as it is sometimes referred to as, is either a natural oasis uniting uptown and downtown, or an underdeveloped piece of prime real estate. The Hance Park Conservancy sees it as both.

And that’s why this Thursday, March 27, they are revealing City of Phoenix-sponsored plans to renovate and re-imagine the park in a modern light.

The unveiling will be the culmination of efforts that began with a group of concerned citizens and neighborhood stakeholders who joined together to push for improvements to Hance Park. In 2010, they form the Hance Park Conservancy, and conducted visioning sessions with the City of Phoenix to drive change.

Image courtesy of City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. The Hance Park Master Plan Design Team is comprised of !Melk, Weddle Gilmore and Floor Associates.

Finally, in late 2012, at the recommendation of that committee, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department issued a call to design teams to create a new master plan for Hance Park.

Twenty design teams responded to the call, and an award winning team featuring an array of international, national and local talent was selected and placed under contract with the City of Phoenix in the spring of 2013.

“The highlight of the event is the presentation of the new park plan by the Hance Park Master Plan Design Team … and we, the community, will all be seeing it together for the first time. The presentation is both a culmination of all the community input, and the outcome of all the design work done by a tremendously talented design team,” said Louis Roman, Hance Park Conservancy Vice President and chair of the Conservancy’s marketing committee.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hance Park. Everyone attending will be able to finally see and celebrate the final design. Come to see the plans and stay for the food, activities, and beer, which organizers are selling at the “1992 price” of $2 each.

If You Go

Event: enHANCE : The New Park Plan, a FREE community celebration

When: Thursday, March 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Hance Park, 1134 N. Central Ave.