Margaret T. Hance Park Is New Site for Urban Skate Plaza
Skaters in central Phoenix just found a new home.
The south side of Margaret T. Hance Park, also known as Deck Park, has been selected as the recommended location for a new Urban Skate Plaza following a unanimous vote by Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board Subcommittee on Wednesday.
The decision comes after professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek donated thousands of dollars in equipment and $50,000 last month to help fund the skate park's design and construction.
Hance Park is located above the I-10 between downtown and uptown between Central Avenue and Culver Street. It's a rare Phoenix instance of nature over traffic -- in this case, literally. On-site, you can find the Japanese Tea House and Friendship Garden (no, skaters won't be allowed to grind in the garden).
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It will be the first designated skate area in central Phoenix. City officials and residents are hoping for a decrease in "urban skating" and using public and often private property as a improv skate park.
Spokespeople from the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Phoenix have said the park will cost between $300,000 and $400,000. And while the start of construction date has not been set, the project is expected to take at least three months to build.
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