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Parks and Recreation Services Update41Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClassAAF05150334C447D8616046CD40FBFA4"><p>​The city's <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1039" target="_blank">indoor recreational facilities are temporarily closed</a>.​​ </p><p>Outdoor recreational facilities are open normal hours of operation. That includes all parks, trails and golf courses​. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1646" target="_blank">All athletic field reservations and tournaments are canceled, and select park amenities and all sports complexes are closed until further notice</a>. <span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;"><span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;">#allpks <span style="font:400 13px / 1.6 "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;white-space:normal;display:inline;">​​​​​​<span style="color:#f2f2f2;"><span><span>#Homepage</span></span><span style="color:#444444;line-height:1.6;font-stretch:normal;"></span></span>​</span></span></span><br></p><p>Organized activities in city parks are temporarily prohibited. <br></p><p><a href="/parks/classes-and-programs" target="_blank">Registration​</a> for in-person classes, programs and activities is paused until further notice. <br></p><p>Community members are encouraged to stay active by participating in the FREE <a href="/parks/classes-and-programs" target="_blank">PHXPlays at Home</a> and <a href="/parks/fitphx" target="_blank">FitPHX</a> virtual recreation programs. <span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;">#Community​Centers</span>​</p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068" target="_blank">Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services </a></p></div>3/13/2020 7:00:00 AM12/1/2021 7:00:00 AM

 

 

Parks and Recreation Impacted Services Updatehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068Parks and Recreation12/7/2020 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1068/Newsroom_Virus_Impacts.pngParks and Recreation Impacted Services Update<div class="ExternalClass6A61212F21E44F9B8303022BB47A0147"><html> <p>Follow updates about which Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department services, facilities and programs are affected as the City of Phoenix works with the community to manage the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. ​</p><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054"><strong><em>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</em></strong></a><em> </em><br></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><em>Use the Translate button on the menu bar at the top of this page to read in another language​ ​</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1487"></a><span style="color:rgb(255, 0, 0);"><strong style="">*** </strong></span><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1646"><span style="color:rgb(255, 0, 0);"><strong style="">All Athletic Field Reservations and Tournaments are Canceled Effective December 3​</strong></span></a><span style="color:rgb(255, 0, 0);"><strong style=""> ***</strong>​</span><br style="color:rgb(255, 0, 0);"></p><p><strong>Stay active by participating in FREE virtual recreation programs and activities:<br></strong>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, and several of its partner organizations, are offering a variety of FREE virtual programs, activities and resources to help residents of all ages stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. <br></p><p>Activities include the PHXPlays at Home Virtual Recreation series; Virtual Adaptive Recreation programs; Virtual Chats for Seniors; Virtual Speaker Series; FitPHX Virtual Fall Into Fitness, Boot Camp and Morning Yoga series; self-guiding codePHX resources; the Camp Colley Virtual Environmental Learning Program; and Daring Adventures Virtual Adventures series. <a target="_blank" href="/parks/classes-and-programs">Learn more and register for these FREE programs and activities</a>.​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>​<br></p><p><strong>Which Parks and Recreation Department facilities are open and available for use?</strong><br>City parks, trails and golf courses have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but use of select park amenities and all sports complexes is being restricted. </p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1646" target="_blank">Following a vote by the City Council during its December 2 meeting​</a>, all athletic field reservations and tournaments at facilities managed by the city's Parks and Recreation Department are canceled effective December 3. The City Council vote also included closure of ramadas, picnic tables, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes in Phoenix parks effective December 3. The closures and cancellations will be in place until the COVID-19 community spread metric returns to the moderate level in Maricopa County, as monitored by the Arizona Department of Health Services. <br></p><p>Residents can find detailed information about the city's outdoor recreational options at <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="/parks">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>. </p><p>Effective October 12, Pueblo Grande Museum's outdoor trails reopened to the public. The indoor portion of the museum remains closed and all programs are paused.<br></p><p>The Parks and Recreation Department has agreements with many partner organizations that operate city-owned facilities, of which the following​ are open and offering varying levels of access and programming:</p><ul><li><a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixtenniscenter.org/">Phoenix Tennis Center</a> in Washington Park is open, but operating modified hours.</li><li>Effective May 15, the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/">Japanese Friendship Garden</a> in Hance Park reopened.</li><li>Effective June 1, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nativeconnections.org/phoenix-indian-school-visitors-center"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center</a> in Steele Indian School Park reopened for tours by appointment and group rentals of limited capacity. </li><li>Effective June 1, <a target="_blank" href="https://shemerartcenter.org/">Shemer Art Center</a> reopened to provide summer camps only. The Center reopened to the general public August 4.</li><li>Effective June 15, <a target="_blank" href="https://northmountainvisitorcenter.org/">North Mountain Visitor Center</a> reopened and is operating limited hours.</li><li>Effective June 16, the <a target="_blank" href="https://dbg.org/">Desert Botanical Garden</a> reopened for members only. The Garden reopened by reservation to the general public July 6.</li><li>Effective July 7, the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixzoo.org/">Phoenix Zoo</a> began offering a drive-thru experience. The zoo reopened to the general public September 19.<br></li><li>Effective September 4, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azscience.org/">Arizona Science Center​</a> reopened.<br></li><li>Effective September 18, <a href="https://tovreacastletours.com/" target="_blank">Tovrea Castle</a> reopened for fall tours.<br></li><li>Effective September 19, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.enchantedisland.com/">Enchanted Island Amusement Park​</a> in Encanto Park reopened.<br></li><li>Effective October 20, ​the <a href="https://www.azirish.org/" target="_blank">Irish Cultural Center</a> in Hance Park reopened.<a target="_blank" href="https://www.enchantedisland.com/"><br></a></li></ul><p><strong>Which Parks and Recreation Department services, programs and facilities are affected?<br>​</strong><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1039">All city indoor recreation facilities are temporarily closed</a>. </p><p><a style="" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1646" target="_blank">Following a vote by the City Council during its December 2 meeting​</a>, all athletic field reservations and tournaments at facilities managed by the city's Parks and Recreation Department are canceled effective December 3. The City Council vote also included closure of ramadas, picnic tables, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes in Phoenix parks effective December 3. The closures and cancellations will be in place until the COVID-19 community spread metric returns to the moderate level in Maricopa County, as monitored by the Arizona Department of Health Services.</p><p>Organized activities in city parks are also temporarily prohibited. Small group gatherings in city ​parks should involve individuals from the same family or household​ only<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>. <br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">Residents can find detailed information about the city's outdoor recreational options at <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="/parks">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>. <br></p><p>All in-person classes and programs, including youth and adult sports leagues, are paused. <br></p><p>The following recreation facilities or programs are closed, postponed or paused:</p><ul><li>Pueblo Grande Museum is closed and all programs are paused (effective October 12, the museum's outdoor trails reopened to the public) <br></li><li>The Mobile Recreation program is paused<br></li><li>The Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) program is paused (PAC operates on school campuses citywide and will be paused until school schedules are modified)<br></li><li>Adaptive and inclusive programs operated by non-profit partner Daring Adventures have been postponed​ (offices located in Telephone Pioneers Park are closed) <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end">​</span></li></ul><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p>The Parks and Recreation Department has agreements with many partner organizations that operate city-owned facilities, of which the following​ are closed: </p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li><a href="http://www.akchinpav.com/" target="_blank">Ak-Chin Pavilion</a></li><li><a href="https://www.mlb.com/brewers/spring-training/ballpark" target="_blank">American Family Fields of Phoenix</a></li><li>Heritage Square's <a target="_blank" href="https://heritagesquarephx.org/rossonhouse/">Rosson House​</a> will close for two weeks, effective December 7​</li><li><a href="https://azhlp.com/" target="_blank">Horse Lovers Park​</a></li><li><a href="https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/" target="_blank">Phoenix Center for the Arts</a></li><li><a href="https://thesundevils.com/facilities/phoenix-municipal-stadium/5" target="_blank">Phoenix Municipal Stadium</a>​<br></li><li><a href="http://www.azhistcemeteries.org/" target="_blank">Pioneer and Military Memorial Park and Smurthwaite House</a>​</li><li><a href="https://riosalado.audubon.org/" target="_blank">Rio Salado Audubon Center</a>​</li><li>South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC)</li><li><a href="https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/thunderbird-arts-center/" target="_blank">Thunderbird Arts Center​</a></li></ul><p><strong>How are city golf courses affected?<br></strong><a target="_blank" href="/parks/golf">All eight of the city's public golf courses are open normal hours of operation, including restaurants</a>. On-course beverage cart service is available daily. CDC guidelines and physical distancing protocol is being followed. ​<br></p><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-family:calibri;font-size:13.33px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:1.6;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"><strong>Will the city's public pools and splash pads be open in 2020?<br></strong>The city's 29 public pools and nine splash pads were closed for summer 2020. The closure included cancellation of all swimming lessons, swim and dive teams, the water basketball league, and other activities and events held at city pools. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1227" style="color:rgb(32, 173, 149);text-decoration:none;">Read a statement about the summer 2020 pool season</a>.​​</p><p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-family:calibri;font-size:13.33px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:1.6;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;">During a typical year, city pools are open six days a week seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through July (closed Fridays). During August through Labor Day, 11 select pools are open weekends only. Splash pads are open seasonally during a typical year from the last Saturday in May through October 1.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end">​</span></p><p><strong>Can I get exercise outdoors and still practice responsible social or physical distancing?</strong><br>Being outdoors is important for health and wellness. The Parks and Recreation Department encourages residents to get outside, get exercise and practice responsible<a target="_blank" href="/parkssite/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ephoenix%2Egov%2Fparkssite%2FMediaAssets%2FGFX%5FCOVID%5FSocial%5FDistancing%2Ejpg"> social or physical distancing</a> while exploring all that the city's parks​ system has to offer. The City of Phoenix is one of more than 1,000​​​​ organizations nationwide to have ​signed on in support of the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1082">​social or physical distancing guidelines</a> when using a public park or trail. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nrpa.org/about-national-recreation-and-park-association/press-room/NRPA-statement-on-using-parks-and-open-space-while-maintaining-social-distancing/">Read more on the NRPA website</a>.<br></p><p><strong>Are upcoming registration dates affected?<br></strong>Registration for in-person classes, programs and activities is postponed until further notice. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, and several of its partner organizations, are offering a variety of FREE virtual programs, activities and resources. <a target="_blank" href="/parks/classes-and-programs">Learn more and register for these FREE programs and activities​</a>.<br></p><p><strong>Will participants of suspended or canceled programs receive a refund?</strong><br>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Participants of classes, programs, sports leagues, Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) and athletic field reservations will receive a prorated refund. Credit will be placed on their Activenet account and be available for use the next time they register. If paid by credit card, the refund will automatically be applied to that card. Customers can request a refund by check, which could take up to 2 to 4 weeks to process. If a participant wishes to receive a check, they should contact the facility at which the program was being held. All administrative fees for cancelations and refunds have been waived.​ <br></p><p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054"> <strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</strong></a><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

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Virtual Adaptive Recreation: Dance Classhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3804Virtual Adaptive Recreation: Dance ClassOnline1/20/2021 1:00:00 AM1/20/2021 2:00:00 AMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​The Adaptive Recreation Program provides FREE​ inclusive activities designed for youth and adults with and without developmental or intellectual disabilities. ​​​ Get up and show us your dance moves! Join us for a fun-filled class where we learn simple dance moves together. Registration is required. Read a more detailed description about this activity and register​ . Registered participants will receive a unique code to virtually join the live video stream via Cisco Webex. Participants will also need to download the free Webex app through the iTunes or Android store, or search for and download it through their internet service provider.​ Learn about other Parks and Recreation Department programs and activities that are being offered virtually on Phoenix.gov/Parks .​​​​​​​
Virtual Adaptive Recreation: Disney Drawinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3801Virtual Adaptive Recreation: Disney DrawingOnline1/22/2021 1:00:00 AM1/22/2021 2:00:00 AMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​The Adaptive Recreation Program provides FREE​ inclusive activities designed for youth and adults with and without developmental or intellectual disabilities. ​​ Learn how to bring some of your favorite Disney characters to life. Follow along with step-by-step directions. Registration is required. Read a more detailed description about this activity and register​ . Registered participants will receive a unique code to virtually join the live video stream via Cisco Webex. Participants will also need to download the free Webex app through the iTunes or Android store, or search for and download it through their internet service provider.​ Learn about other Parks and Recreation Department programs and activities that are being offered virtually on Phoenix.gov/Parks .​​​​​
PHXPlays Virtual Recreation: Happy New Year Family Bingohttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3756PHXPlays Virtual Recreation: Happy New Year Family BingoOnline1/23/2021 1:00:00 AM1/23/2021 2:30:00 AMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Gather the family and join in a night of virtual bingo, hosted by staff from the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Family and friends can be in different locations and still be part of the game and compete for prizes. Registration is required. ​Read a more detailed description about this activity and register . Registered participants will receive a unique code to virtually join the live video stream via Cisco Webex. Participants will also need to download the free Webex app through the iTunes or Android store, or search for and download it through their internet service provider. Learn about other Parks and Recreation Department programs and activities that are being offered virtually on Phoenix.gov/Parks .​​​​
Virtual Adaptive Recreation: Dance Classhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3805Virtual Adaptive Recreation: Dance ClassOnline1/27/2021 1:00:00 AM1/27/2021 2:00:00 AMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​The Adaptive Recreation Program provides FREE​ inclusive activities designed for youth and adults with and without developmental or intellectual disabilities. Get up and show us your dance moves! Join us for a fun-filled class where we learn simple dance moves together. Registration is required. Read a more detailed description about this activity and register​ . Registered participants will receive a unique code to virtually join the live video stream via Cisco Webex. Participants will also need to download the free Webex app through the iTunes or Android store, or search for and download it through their internet service provider.​ Learn about other Parks and Recreation Department programs and activities that are being offered virtually on Phoenix.gov/Parks .​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

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Read the Latest Hance Park Newsletterhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1674Parks and Recreation12/22/2020 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1674/hance_park_fiesta_bowl_play_shade_structure.jpgRead the Latest Hance Park Newsletter<div class="ExternalClassA4BFA26597A545C3897E81DAA857B990"><html> <p>​The <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_Hance/Hance_Park_Newsletter_December_2020.pdf" target="_blank">latest issue of the Hance Park Newsletter</a> was published Tuesday and <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>highlights this month's completion of the $8.6 million phase 1A of the park's redevelopment and the ribbon-cutting celebration for the $2 million “Fiesta Bowl PLAY at Hance Park."<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p> <p>The newsletter is brought to you by the Hance Park Partner Coalition, a public-private partnership consisting of the <a href="/parks" target="_blank">Phoenix Pa​​rks and Recreation Department​</a>, <a href="https://www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com/" target="_blank">Phoenix Community Alliance</a> and <a href="http://hanceparkconservancy.org/" target="_blank">Hance Park​ Conservancy</a>. The Coalition encourages everyone to share it with family, friends and the organizations in which they are involved to help spread information and awareness about the project.</p> <p>Additional information about the Hance Park Revitalization Project, and instructions for how to subscribe to the e-version of the newsletter, is available on the project website: <a title="" href="/parks/hancerevitalization" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks/HanceRevitalization​</a>.​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
WATCH: "Fiesta Bowl PLAY" Openshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1667Parks and Recreation12/16/2020 11:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/ObHMjXJOAeMWATCH: "Fiesta Bowl PLAY" Opens<div class="ExternalClassCB4B46EF803D40368EEBA40FC44AA0F8"><html> <p>​Watch PHXTV's coverage of the December 15 ribbon-cutting celebration for the "Fiesta Bowl PLAY at Hance Park." <br></p> <p>This one-of-a-kind, 20,000-square-foot play area was made possible thanks to a $2 million legacy gift from the Fiesta Bowl and supporting partners. The new amenity is the centerpiece of the $8.6 million phase 1A of the <a href="/parks/hancerevitalization" target="_blank">Hance Park Revitalization Project​</a>.<br></p> <p>Read more about PLAY and the park's revitalization project: <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1663" target="_blank">"Fiesta Bowl PLAY at Hance​ Park" Opens</a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksVideo
“Fiesta Bowl PLAY at Hance Park” Openshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1663Parks and Recreation12/15/2020 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1663/fiesta_bowl_play_ribbon_cutting.jpg“Fiesta Bowl PLAY at Hance Park” Opens<div class="ExternalClassACA3DEAA781442E49F819F58CF74D8C2"><html> <p>​Completion of the $8.6 million phase 1A of the <a href="/parks/hancerevitalization" target="_blank">Margaret T. Hance Park Revitalization Project</a> was celebrated by the Hance Park Partner Coalition on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the “Fiesta Bowl PLAY at Hance Park."<br></p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1667" target="_blank">Watch PHXTV's coverage of the event​</a>.<br></p> <p> The 20,000-square-foot PLAY is the centerpiece of this opening phase of the park's renovation and was made possible thanks to a $2 million legacy gift from the Fiesta Bowl and supporting partners. The grand opening of PLAY comes in conjunction with the Fiesta Bowl's 50th Anniversary, and its community efforts will live on through this one-of-a-kind play area for millions to enjoy for years to come. <br></p> <p> In August 2019, the <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/732" target="_blank">Phoenix Community Alliance announced the Fiesta Bowl's legacy gift​</a> as part of a groundbreaking ceremony for PLAY, which is located on the west side of the park. It was the first significant monetary contribution to the park's revitalization effort. </p> <p> As part of the PLAY commitment, the Fiesta Bowl has teamed up with three supporting partners: Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, BHHS Legacy Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Those organizations have contributed as part of their missions to support healthy lifestyles and strengthen the community where we live, work and play. </p> <p> “ I remember breaking ground 16 months ago here at Hance Park and it's incredible to see the playground come to life here for our community," Fiesta Bowl Chairman of the Board Patrick Barkley said. “As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, the Fiesta Bowl honors the commitment from our Founders in 1971 to be a community catalyst and that will continue to grow here at Hance Park for generations in the future. Our partners in Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, BHHS Legacy Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona were instrumental in this significant project."  <br></p> <p> PLAY features a climbing wall, a separate net climbing structure, a water mist play feature and a sand play area positioned under a shade canopy. Its other unique amenities include three animal-themed play structures – a Kit Fox, Black-Tailed Jackrabbit and Great-Horned Owl. The animal play structures are made of 95 percent recycled plastic lumber and are GreenCircle Certified. <br></p> <p> “The city is grateful to the Fiesta Bowl and its partners for this significant commitment to the Hance Park Revitalization Project," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “Their legacy gift jump-started this important renovation of the park, which is crucial to the ongoing revitalization and growth of downtown. It's also exciting to celebrate this beautiful new playground for what it offers to families: a place for their kids to get outside, jump around and play during this otherwise difficult year. By masking and physically distancing, they can do it safely and have some fun!" <br></p> <p> “Celebrating the opening of this new amenity is a thrill, and I'm grateful for the commitment of the Fiesta Bowl and its partners to make it a reality," Phoenix District 7 Councilman Michael Nowakowski said. “Having unique features like this one, make the park a destination for residents citywide and creates a neighborhood park for those who live nearby. A vibrant and active park will also help attract families and visitors to our growing downtown for years to come." <br></p> <p> The Hance Park Revitalization Project is a public-private partnership led by the Hance Park Partner Coalition, consisting of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Community Alliance and Hance Park Conservancy. A fundraising campaign is ongoing to generate $45 million of private funds to continue phase one. Follow the latest project and park news at <a href="/parks/hancerevitalization" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks/HanceRevitalization</a>. </p> <p> The balance of the cost of phase 1A was funded by the Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI), which is a voter-approved sales tax that supports annual capital improvements to facilities managed by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. </p> <p> The City of Phoenix has partnered with HargreavesJones, an award-winning international landscape architecture firm, to lead the redevelopment of Hance Park. Construction is being managed by contractor Haydon Building Corp. <br></p> <p> “We sincerely thank the Fiesta Bowl Organization for being the lead supporter of the Hance Park Revitalization Project," Phoenix Community Alliance Executive Director John Hamby said. “As we continue to make Downtown Phoenix a live/work/play/learn neighborhood and destination, the addition of unique amenities like the Fiesta Bowl PLAY will make Hance Park an every-day recreation opportunity for the local community and must-see destination for visitors. Every great city has a great urban park, and this sponsorship is the catalyst for a vibrant and active park that will contribute to the continued revitalization of Downtown. “   <br></p> <p> The 32-acre Hance Park is located over the Interstate-10 tunnel in downtown, between 3rd Avenue to the west and 3rd Street to the east and is maintained by the city through an agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). The City of Phoenix's Burton Barr Central Library is located adjacent to the park off Central Avenue. The park is also home to the Japanese Friendship Garden, Irish Cultural Center and Phoenix Center for the Arts. <br></p> <p> ---<br></p> <p> <strong>About the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department:</strong> <br> The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department provides residents and visitors more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserve land with 200-plus miles of trails; 185 parks; 32 community and recreation centers; classes and sports programs where kids and adults learn, stay active and have fun; eight golf courses; and 29 pools where thousands cool off and learn to swim each summer. Visit <a href="/parks/" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a> </p> <p> <strong>About the Phoenix Community Alliance: </strong> <br> Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) is an affiliate of Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and the premier membership organization for Downtown leaders. Through the alliance of a strong and diverse membership, PCA fulfills its mission to activate, advocate, and build the Phoenix we want. Visit <a href="https://www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com/" target="_blank">PhoenixCommunityAlliance.com</a> </p> <p> <strong>About the Hance Park Conservancy:</strong> <br> The Hance Park Conservancy was established in 2010 and is the catalyst for a new chapter of public space renewal in Phoenix, advocating for the park and protecting its future. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has been instrumental in developing the Hance Park Master Plan and actively raising funds to help make this plan a reality. Visit <a href="http://hanceparkconservancy.org/" target="_blank">HancePark.org</a> </p> <p> <strong>About the Fiesta Bowl Organization: </strong> <br> Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans during and outside of college football bowl season. As a nonprofit organization, it is driven by its vision for the importance of community outreach and service. Through the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl, Guaranteed Rate Bowl and our year-round events, such as the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade, corporate partnerships and numerous community events throughout the year, the organization provides charitable giving to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that serve communities through youth, sports and education. Visit <a href="https://www.fiestabowl.org/" target="_blank">FiestaBowl.org</a> </p> <p> <strong>About Downtown Phoenix Inc.:</strong> <br> Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) is a community development group created in 2013 to advance the continued revitalization of Downtown Phoenix. A collaboration of business leaders, the City of Phoenix and community leaders, DPI coordinates activities between the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Community Alliance and Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation. Visit <a href="https://dtphx.org/" target="_blank">dtphx.org</a>      <br></p><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews


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