The Friends of Hickory’s first project was the development of a downtown park that incorporates play space, an interactive water feature, an attractive place to sit and enjoy, as well as a place where children can explore the unique "unrestricted play" equipment and cool themselves with an interactive water feature. The historic downtown area currently attracts a wide variety of businesses and visitors to Hickory. The addition of the park adds to the appeal of shopping, dining, and doing business in Union Square, offering an active destination for our youngest visitors and their families.
The park initially opened in December 2016, with a grand opening celebration on March 18, 2017. The park, located just west of Union Square on the corner of Third Street and Main Avenue NW, is the culmination of over two years of planning and fundraising by the non-profit group. Friends of Hickory board members collaborated with representatives from local businesses and private donors, to transform the present overflow parking lot into a new community gathering space. Lowes Foods is the naming sponsor, while CommScope and Corning Inc. Foundation also stepped up as lead donors to make the park a reality, in addition to numerous other individuals and groups.
Address: 306 Main Avenue NW, Hickory, NC 28601 (Corner of 3rd Street NW and Main Avenue NW)
Featuring playground equipment, an interactive water feature, art, education, music, local craftsmanship, park benches, and picnic tables.
For more information about the Friends of Hickory, please see their website at www.FriendsofHickory.com.
The name “Crafting Hickory” is more than an emblem, or logo, it’s an initiative under the ‘Life. Well Crafted.’ brand. The Crafting Hickory logo becomes a member of the family of logos that work together to promote positive events, projects, and programs happening in Hickory.