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Fiesta Bowl donates $2M for new play area in downtown Phoenix park

(Hargreaves Associates Rendering)

PHOENIX – The Fiesta Bowl is kicking in $2 million for the Hance Park Revitalization Project, a gift that will be used to build a new playground in the downtown Phoenix recreation area.

“Construction of this play area will kick off the first phase of the project, and it is fitting that such a valuable community partner is helping to get it started,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said in a press release.

“The city is grateful to the Fiesta Bowl for this significant commitment. Downtown Phoenix is a region where people want to live, work and spend their free time, and a renovated Hance Park helps to further our growth.”

The Fiesta Bowl is the first major financial supporter for the revitalization project, public-private partnership led by the Hance Park Partner Coalition. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Community Alliance and Hance Park Conservancy are part of the planned $100 million project.

The section funded by the Fiesta Bowl donation will be called Fiesta Bowl Play at Hance Park. It will be constructed on the west side of the park and opened to commemorate the bowl game’s 50th anniversary season in 2020.

“This mega playground will promote fun and healthy lifestyles and a child who plays on this playground may one day play in a future Fiesta Bowl,” Fiesta Bowl Chairman of the Board Patrick Barkley said in the release.

The 32-acre Hance Park covers 32 acres over the Interstate 10 tunnel between Third Avenue and Third Street.

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