During the past 20 years, Hance Park has been unable to achieve its full potential as a grand urban park at the heart of our country’s sixth largest city. A recent study by Arizona State University found that most Phoenix residents don’t know where this 32-acre park is, despite Central Avenue traversing it, and hundreds of thousands of people riding beneath it daily through the I-10 tunnel. For residents who visit, Hance Park often feels empty, uninviting, and unsafe for children. It suffers a shortage of amenities, shade, and programming. The Hance Park Conservancy was instrumental in developing a new master plan to revitalize the Park and is actively raising funds to make this plan a reality.
Beautiful new mid-rise condos around Hance Park are nearing completion, yet established neighborhoods to the west and east are economically challenged. While the population around the park is ethnically and socio-economically diverse, it is unified in its enthusiasm for Hance Park redevelopment.