Hickory Seeks Public Input For Future Of Sandy Pines ParkHickory – The City of Hickory has been planning for the development of Sandy Pines Park and is now pursuing an opportunity to compete for a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant to kickstart initial funding for the new neighborhood park.

Citizens are invited to attend upcoming public input meetings to receive a short presentation on proposed park plans, share their feedback, and express their needs. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 6, from 6-8 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building (76 North Center Street). The second meeting will be held Thursday, March 7, from 6-8 p.m. in the community room at Highland Recreation Center (1451 Eighth Street Drive NE).

The new Sandy Pines Park will be developed on a 13.42-acre tract of property in the northeast quadrant of Hickory. Following two community workshops, Alfred Benesch & Company completed a master plan in April 2018 to guide the development of the future Sandy Pines Park. The master plan proposes a variety of potential park amenities, including walking trails, nature playground, picnic shelters, outdoor fitness areas, permanent cornhole boards, half-court basketball, open space/natural areas, restrooms, and perimeter fencing.

Those unable to attend the public input meetings may contact Special Projects Manager for the City Manager Natalie Jackson at [email protected] or via phone at 828-851-6473 to learn more and give input on the project.