Hance Park Conservancy wrote -
The future Hance Park Skatepark is slated to be an iconic skatepark, worthy of it's place at the heart of the Phoenix Metropolitan Region. This crowdfunding campaign, led by the Hance Park Conservancy, is aimed to help build that Skatepark. Give generously, and become a part of something amazing!
Details: The Hance Park Master Plan, adopted by the City of Phoenix in 2014, and refined in the Phase I Schematic Design, calls for the skatepark as the first new feature to be built on the park. The skatepark will provide a safe place outdoors where area youth can hone their skating skills, as well as provide a place for families and other park visitors to watch the skateboarders perform their acrobatics. Funding to complete the $118 million Hance Park Master Plan will come from a combination of public and private sources. Operating as a partner with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, under a formal Letter of Understanding, the Hance Park Conservancy is committed to securing grant funds and other non-public monies for Hance Park redevelopment, beginning with the skatepark. Meanwhile, the City of Phoenix has programmed substantial public funds over the next three fiscal years to be supplemented with funds raised by the Conservancy, including those raised from this crowdfunding campaign, to make Hance Park a true public/private partnership. The skatepark was chosen as the first new amenity to be built on the Park, to activate the center of the Park, and to fulfill societal and safety needs. While there is a small playground on the west end of the park with slides and swings, older children and teens have no discernible place to play outdoors or feel welcome. Rather, older kids and teens often ride their skateboards along busy streets throughout Central Phoenix, where it is unsafe. The nearest skate park to downtown neighborhoods is 8.5 miles to the west, an hour-long journey involving a bus ride, followed by a 0.6 mile walk. Very few parents allow their kids to make this journey. Fundraising for the skatepark is underway. October 22nd, the Hance Park Conservancy is hosting a semi-formal picnic on the park, called “Noche en Blanco” to benefit the skatepark. This crowdfunding campaign is launching at "Noche en Blanco" The City of Phoenix plans to release a solicitation for the Master Plan Phase I design Fall of 2016, which includes the skatepark. In conjunction to skatepark development, the City-owned firehouse building nearby on the park will be redeveloped into a food and beverage space. The space under the Central Avenue bridge will be redeveloped into retail and beverage spaces. Rents from these amenities will help fund skatepark maintenance and other maintenance activities for the Park. The Hance Park Skatepark will be iconic. It will be designed with public input from the local skating community, neighboring stakeholders, and experts in the field. An experienced, highly-qualified skatepark design team will be hired for this project, and experienced skatepark builders will employ proven techniques to ensure the skatepark has a long life. The Hance Park Skatepark, including the skatepark observation space, will be become a popular spot for kids and their families. As a centrally located skatepark, it will serve as a hub for area skateboarders and a place for skateboarding competitions, drawing people from all parts of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, and from out of state. Situating it close to the light rail station and adjacent to the central plaza, where the bulk of daily activity on the park will occur, insures that the Hance Park Skatepark will remain safe and easily accessible for older kids and teens who need a place to play and congregate outdoors.