New vision for Hance Park

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The city of Phoenix unveiled its plans for a brand-new Margaret T. Hance Park.

"I'm a Phoenix native and this is beyond what I would have ever thought," said one woman checking out the new design.

Hundreds of people gathered in the park Thursday night for a sneak peek at the new design. It would be a $118 million renovation to take place over 10 years. The big plan and big reveal is called "enHance."

"It's a pretty big vision -- a 32-acre park in the urban part of the city," said project manager Phil Weddle.

He said the parts he's most excited about have had strong feedback from the community and that's the plan at Central Avenue. Weddle said it's a dead space right now.

"We're making that into an urban plaza with connections to the light rail," Weddle said.

The park would be a landmark like Central Park or the Golden Gate Bridge with its new iconic cloud structure over Central. Thirty percent of the park would offer shade through structures and tall trees planted on buttes. There would be parks for both big and small dogs, a food truck plaza, stage, mineral garden, skate park, water wall and restaurant pavilion.

The main focus is to bring the community together again downtown. To see the design go to The renovation would be paid for with private and public money. Planners hope to start phase one in two to three years.