Public/Private Partnerships

Lackey Project Friends of Hickory - Lowes Foods City Park Kiwanis Park SplashPad

The Robert Lackey family of Hickory announced in August 2014 that they would be working with the City to establish a memorial for Deidra Lackey, Robert Lackey's late wife, by improving approximately 20 to 30 acres of the waterfront at the City-owned Geitner-Rotary Park and the parks that link to it.  This memorial gift to the City of Hickory and the community will be the single largest donation in the City's history.  The renovated park will be at one end of the City’s future Riverwalk, one of the bond projects.

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The Friends of Hickory’s first project was the development of a downtown park that w 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.

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“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.”

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Mountain Bike Trails Hickory City Park Bruce Meisner Park

Hickory citizens, Kirk Brittain and Brad Stevens, approached the City in early 2017, seeking to adopt the trails between Hickory City Park and Rotary-Geitner Park, and spearhead an effort to improve the existing trails so that mountain bikers of all skill levels could enjoy them.  Brittain and Stevens are both members of the Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance (The Alliance), a 501(c)(3) chapter of SORBA, the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association.  The project and funding were run through The Alliance for its expertise in this arena, and non-profit status.  Known as the Lake Hickory Trails, the system of mountain biking trails includes a 1.8-mile beginner flow trail, a 4-mile intermediate loop, a pump track for both advanced and beginner riders, and an advanced jump line for more skilled riders.

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The City of Hickory has joined with the Greater Hickory Tennis Association (GHTA) in a priority use agreement for tennis complex improvements at Hickory City Park.  The improvements consist of a major parking lot renovation, which will take the current 20 parking spaces to 122 parking spaces.  Also planned is a new 1,900 square foot multi-use facility that will house restrooms, indoor meeting space, and an outdoor covered shelter area.

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The future Bruce Meisner Park is being planned to utilize 73 acres of beautiful property at the intersection of NC 127 and Cloninger Mill Road.  In the early planning stages, the park was intended to occupy only 63 acres, with 10 acres reserved for commercial development.  In 2015, Outward Bound of North Carolina came to the City and offered to donate $900,000 so that the 10 acre commercial property could be reserved for park use. 

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