The City of Hickory and two local Kiwanis Clubs, Hickory Kiwanis Club and Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club, partnered to build a splash pad at Kiwanis Park, located at 805 6th SE Street, Hickory, NC 28602. “It is an inclusive location, and accepting of the diversity in the community. We truly believe that it will attract a lot of kids,” said Steve Aaron, representative of the Kiwanis Club.
“Kiwanis International celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2015 and our club was looking for a way to celebrate the anniversary that would have large impact on our local community,” said David Parsons, representative of the Western Kiwanis Club. “When the idea of both local Kiwanis clubs, partnering with the City of Hickory, was presented to us, it seemed like a perfect way to accomplish that.”
“Our goal is to raise $100,000 to assist with the building of the splash pad at Kiwanis Park,” added Parsons. “Since our clubs were involved in the fundraising effort for the Zahra Baker All-Children’s Playground at Kiwanis Park, this seemed like a natural extension of that effort. The $100,000 goal seemed like it fit well with the celebration of our 100 year anniversary. Our hope is that the splash pad will be used and enjoyed for many years to come by children and adults of all ages.”
“The Hickory Kiwanis Club is delighted to participate in fundraising for the Splash Pad at Kiwanis Park,” said Bruce Blackburn, Chairman Splash Pad Committee Hickory Kiwanis Club. “We are very proud of the Zahra Baker Playground at Kiwanis Park and feel the addition of the Splash Pad will enhance the play experience for the children of our City. “
The City and the Parks and Recreation Department broke ground on this project on January 27, 2016. The splash pad officially opened on July 30, 2016 and continues to be a favorite park feature in the community.
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