​Margaret T. Hance Park

67 W. Culver St.
(602) 534-2406
(602) 534-2407 (Public Festivals and Event Rental Information)
Park open from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


​Margaret T. Hance Park is a 32-acre park located on the "deck" over the Interstate-10 freeway tunnel, between 5th Ave. and 3rd St. near the heart of downtown Phoenix. The park is the home of the Japanese Friendship Garden, Irish Cultural Center, McClelland Irish Library, Phoenix Center for the Arts, and Burton Barr Central Library. Amenities at the park include drinking fountains, grills, reservable ramadas, a playground, restrooms, walking paths and a lighted sand volleyball court.


Park Resources:

Burton Barr Central LibraryMargaret T. Hance Dog ParkJapanese Friendship Garden - Ro Ho En Irish Cultural Center and LibraryPhoenix Center for the Arts

Parks and Recreation Events: 



International Jazz Day Lecturehttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/21412141International Jazz Day Lecture4/27/2018 7:00:00 PMPueblo Grande Museum - 4619 E Washington St
Arizona Authors Summertime Storytelling & Crafts Saturdayshttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/21622162Arizona Authors Summertime Storytelling & Crafts Saturdays6/9/2018 5:00:00 PMPueblo Grande Museum - 4619 E Washington St
FitPHX Healthy Arizona Worksites Traininghttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/20342034FitPHX Healthy Arizona Worksites Training5/10/2018 3:30:00 PMBusiness and Workforce Development Center, 302 N. 1st Ave.

Planning a Picnic

Margaret T. Hance Park is a great place to hold picnics and gatherings.  Most of the ramadas located throughout the park are first-come-first-serve, however the Amphitheater Island ramadas require reservations to use.

A Special Acitivtiy Request is required for any gathering that has any of the following:

  • An expected attendance of more than 50 people; or is open to the general public.

  • Amplified Sound (Large sound set-ups are limited to Amphitheater Island.)

  • Beer/Alcohol

  • Inflatable (Bounce Houses)
    Inflatables that involve water are prohibited.

  • Catering

  • Commercial Event Equipement

  • Generator Power

  • Advertising or media promotion of any kind.

Check out our "Planning a Gathering/Party" page for complete guidelines for holding an event in a City of Phoenix parks.


Important Notes:

Hance Park Re-Master Plan:
A professional design team has created an updated vision for this downtown park. The design team, selected after an extensive RFQ and interview process, was comprised of local, national and international talents: !melk/Jerry Van Eyck lead designer / master planner (www.!melk.com), Weddle Gilmore prime consultant (www.weddlegilmore.com) and Floor Associates landscape architect (www.floorassociates.com). Other members of the team include HR&A, ETM Associates, City Activators Inc., Rider Levett Bucknall, Pentagram, Kimber Lanning, Public Workshop, David Evans Assoc, Buro Happold, IAS Labs, Artistic Arborist and RAMM.

Are you on Facebook? If so, you can ask questions and post comments for the design consultant at facebook.com/hanceparkmasterplan.


Hance Park Design ConceptHance Park Master Plan Final Report


Project Contact: Tom Byrne - (602) 262-4897

Hance Park Annual Events:​

Hance Park hosts many cultural festivals and programs: Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest, Yoga Rocks the Park Series, El Dia De Los Ninos, St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Faire, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday celebration, Dia De Los Muertos celebration, Blues Blast, Phoenix Festival of the Arts, Be A Leader - Steps to Career Success, Human Rights Campaign - Phoenix Cooks and McDowell Mountain Music Festival.


The Winship House:

The Historical Winship House, located in the park, dates back to 1919. The city renovated the home in 2013 to restore the rich textures of the wood shingle roof and the natural red brick combined with attractive gable details such as dentils and half-timbering, to create a singularly fine example of a house in the Arts and Crafts Movement. In 1923 Fred E. Winship, president of the Peoples Loan and Investment Company, later called Winship Loan Plan Company, purchased the home.

Parking for the Winship House, at 216 W. Portland, is located in the Japanese Friendship Garden parking lot at 1125 N. 3rd Ave., during regular park hours. There is general and ADA accessible parking in this lot. After parking, visitors should proceed south along the walkway to access the east side entrance of the Winship House.