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Senior Citizens

Hickory’s Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Department is committed to serving senior citizens in the community. With 26 City parks, six recreation centers, and two senior centers, Hickory offers a wealth of amenities, activities, and programs for seniors in the area to stay active in both mind and body.

Senior Citizens Event Calendar

Senior Programs

Throughout the year, Hickory recreation centers and senior centers provide programming especially designed for seniors, from B-I-N-G-O and board games, to computer workshops and fitness classes. The Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Department also hosts numerous trips to a variety of locations in the United States. Although there is a cost to attend, the cost is minimal compared to the experiences that participants receive.


The City of Hickory is a proud partner of SilverSneakers®, the nation’s leading community fitness program designed exclusively for older adults. Through this collaboration, Highland Recreation Center provides complimentary memberships to members of the nationally recognized SilverSneakers program and offer older adults a way to increase their levels of physical activity while motivating them to remain active.

SilverSneakers, by Tivity Health, helps older adults take greater control of their health through a variety of fitness offerings that engages participants in more frequent strength training, aerobic, and flexibility exercise by providing access to a variety of venues and programming designed specifically for older adults. There are more than 14.5 million people eligible for the SilverSneakers benefit through the nation’s leading Medicare Advantage health plans, Medicare Supplement carriers, and group retiree plans. For those members, the benefit is offered at no additional cost.

To learn more about SilverSneakers offerings at Highland Recreation Center, call (828) 328-3997.  For information regarding program eligibility and offerings, please visit or call SilverSneakers customer service at (866) 584-7389, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday.  

Unifour Senior Games

For over three decades, the City of Hickory has hosted the Unifour Senior Games, which brings together senior residents (ages 50 and better) of Catawba, Burke, Alexander, and Caldwell counties for arts programs and athletic competitions. With over 65 athletic events, the games offer something for everyone, including corn hole, basketball, football, badminton, track and field, pickleball, tennis, and swimming. For more information, visit