When we went to the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, I wanted to do something else we hadn’t done before (although the Teapot is also very close). We checked out Margaret T Hance park, which was just walking distance from Arizona Puppet Theater (albeit not the easiest street to walk on, so I suggest driving!)
The Park also houses the Japanese Friendship Gardens (Next time-additional fee) , The Phoenix Trolley Museum (very small and wasn’t opened when we went) and the Irish Cultural Center and Library. Burton Barr Central Library is also close by!
We parked in the lot right off of Culver Street. It was easily accessible to the playground.
And, even more great news-The park is going to be going through some upgrades! The City of Phoenix is looking for partners to upgrade the park, facilities and playgrounds! The city has received some funds to go towards an ampitheater. Included in the plan-water features, splash pads, zipline, gardens and restaurants. Updates to the buildings on site will also happen. They are hoping to also add some restaurants to the park as well.
But, there are some nice things right near where we parked to enjoy today!
The big kids playscape has shade sails on some of it, a mini rock wall, slides and multiple climbing areas. Nearby to the right is a fully shaded ramada with plenty of picnic table seating.
Shade sails over the sandy area (yes, this park has sand a little bit of rubberized surface). Be careful with the rubberized surface as it an be a swift drop into the sand!
If you have a monkey like I do, there are plenty of ways for them to test their strenght and balance on the bars. And for a parent, do a few pull ups as well. Or maybe not!
The little perches with different climbing areas between them made me feel like it was an urban Swiss Family Robinson hide out!
There were some baby swings that were missing right near the parking lot (I’m guessing-they were missing so your guess is as good as mine!)
There were also some “Big kid” swings on the rubberized surface nearest to the grass area. The grass area was huge! You can see Dimples dangling from the swings on his tummy. The swings were pretty low to the rubber surface. You can also see the swift drop off between the rubberized surface and the sand. Be careful!!
The huge grassy area-with lots of sprinklers in effect. I had to hold back my kids from going and running in them. It was a pretty hot and humid day.
There was a small toddler playscape with double slides, mini rock wall, climber and stairs. The trees kept it pretty shady, and it was partially on a rubberized surface, partially on sand.
Also conveniently located was a bathroom!
And then, the wiggly truck stood alone. It is always unfortunately when there is just one of something at a park. But, there it was sitting all alone with no shade.
This park is very conveniently located if you are spending a day in downtown. There were a lot of moms hanging out, especially right after the Puppet show. I am really excited to see what the plans will be for updating this park !
Margaret T Hance Park-Playground off Culver
Culver and 3rd Ave, Phoenix