The design for Hance Park, a 32-acre site in downtown Phoenix, establishes an identity that is unique to Phoenix and expressive of its burgeoning culture. In addition, great urban parks serve as catalysts for economic development, engines for social sustainability, and models for ecological sustainability.
The design references the context by drawing inspiration from local geographic and geologic features within the Valley of the Sun. Landforms, such as buttes and canyons, have been abstracted to create distinct spatial and programmatic moments.
The overall design uses a vocabulary that evolves as one journeys through the park creating spaces that are both exciting and memorable. The park identity is further reinforced by the iconic shade structures placed around the park.
Native and adapted plant species have been carefully selected to frame corridors, produce fragrance, provide extra shade, and create intimacy. To reinforce the sustainability initiative, all of the plant material is irrigated by recharge basins integrated into the park design. By capturing irrigation run-off, and using cutting-edge irrigation technologies, water consumption will be minimized and Hance Park will serve as a sustainability model for large urban parks in arid climates.
Weddle Gilmore (architect), Floor Associates (landscape architect), David Evans & Associates (civil engineer & surveyor), HR&A (economic development & public policy), Buro Happold (structural engineer & lighting design), Sherwood Design (environmental engineer), ETM Associates (public space management, O&M budgeting), Rider Levett Bucknall (construction cost estimator), Kimber Lanning (community liaison)
Merit Award, ASLA Arizona (2015), Citation Award, AIA Arizona (2015), Honor Award, AZASLA (2015)