Margaret T. Hance Park

1134 N. Central Ave. (between 5th Ave. and 3rd St.)
West side of Park - 67 W. Culver St. (between Central and 3rd Ave.)
East side of Park - 1202 N. 3rd St.
Driving map to the park
(602) 534-2406
Public Festivals and Event Rental Information: 602-534-2407

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.  

Public Transportation: Valley Metro bus and the Light Rail.

Winship House 

The Winship House Grand Opening

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.

Amenities at the park include drinking fountains, grills, reservable ramadas, a playground, restrooms, walking paths and a lighted sand volleyball court. 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.

Stage show at Hance park 

Visit Hance Park's arts and cultural facilities:

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.!, Weddle Gilmore prime consultant ( and Floor Associates landscape architect ( 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.

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View the final Hance Park Design Concept

Read the Hance Park Master Plan Final Report

Project Contact: Tom Byrne (602) 262-4897