Chances are you've driven through the Deck Park Tunnel on Interstate 10. Some of you may use it every day, but for the past two years, there's been a lot of behind the scenes work dedicated to the park that sits on top of the tunnel.
Margaret T. Hance Park is about to undergo a major renovation -- one that will turn what was once a public eye sore into a downtown destination.
Under the plan, the park will be divided into three sections: the Valley on the west end, the Canyon in the middle and the Plateau east of Central Avenue. A lot of work and money is still needed before these plans can become a reality.
Planning first began in 2013. An advisory panel received input from local neighborhoods, community organizations, cultural institution and event planners. A master plan was unveiled in 2014.
The Valley will be family oriented and include shade, water features and a zipline. The Plateau will have a performance area, sculpture garden, outdoor lawn area for events, a food truck plaza, beer garden, exercise structures, dog parks, skate park, and free wi-fi. The Cloud will cover Central Avenue with a giant landmark -- a solar canopy, which will provide shade, use solar power and capture rainwater.
$118 million in public and private funding will need to be raised.