Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix is a treasure in the heart of the city. Monica visits with Tom Byrne, of Phoenix Parks and Recreation, to find out more about the space. The park is located on 3 acres of space formerly occupied by commercial buildings and parking lots. The park has events and activities throughout the year. During the warm days there is a splash pad, at night light sticks and a stage for performances and movies. The events and activities are designed to energize the space.
When the city began purchasing the buildings and land to create the space, one building, the A.E. England Building, was not torn down but refurbished. It houses commercial space and a public meeting room.
The landscape of the space provides shade and seating for visitors. The trees planted 10 years ago provide beautiful shade. However, soft shade canopies were constructed of one inch tubing and solar panels were added. The electricity generated meets the needs of the park and the rest goes to the grid.
Located at 424 N Central Avenue the park is close to two light rail stations and a bus station. It serves as a nice break for the students, professionals, residents and visitors in downtown Phoenix.