Today’s post is by contributing writer Will Novak:
Since I’m stuck in Boston until the end of February I’ve been unable to participate in the current visioning processes for Hance Park. From what I’ve seen, the process is moving along rather rapidly, but so far I’ve yet to see a plan that fulfills the parks amazing potential.
Below is a slide show I’ve created outlining what I think it will take to make Hance Park one of America’s great urban parks. It’s a big vision; it will take time and lots of money, but its better to dream big and do it right.
The slideshow concludes with a hand drawn map of what I think the park can be like. Please keep in mind that I’m not a professional artist and its just a rough jumping off point.
Finally, the ideas in this slideshow have been heavily influenced by a few key sources: the Project For Public Spaces and its leader Fred Kent, specifically their book How to Turn A Place Around. Additionally, the work of Jane Jacobs, Daniel Burnham, William H Whyte and Fredrick Law Olmsted were in the forefront of my mind while contemplating this vision, I’m sure you’ll note the influence.Tags: hance park, phoenix, urbanism, Will Novak