Hickory – With Governor Cooper’s statewide Stay at Home Order, the City of Hickory implemented the following operational changes and updates.

City Events
All City events will be suspended through April 30. This includes the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt previously scheduled for Saturday, April 4, at Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park.

In lieu of a physical Easter Egg Hunt, Hickory families are invited to participate in Virtual Egg Hunts through the City’s social media channels. Virtual Egg Hunts will be hosted April 6 through 10 on the Hickory Public Library Facebook page; City of Hickory Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Facebook page; and Hickory Fire Department Facebook page.

City Parks
City parks and park restrooms will remain open. Park visitors must comply with state social distancing requirements and limitations for mass gatherings. Per Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121, public playground equipment will be closed for the duration of the Order.

In order to simplify park hours for the changing seasons, the Hickory Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Department has adjusted the hours of operation for all City-owned parks. Effective April 1 through September 30, the new park hours will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. October 1 through March 31, park hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please plan your outings accordingly.

City Libraries
Hickory Public Library’s “Library To-Go” pickup service will continue at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and will soon be expanded to the Ridgeview Branch Library. Stay tuned for additional information regarding Library To-Go service at the Ridgeview Branch.

For a comprehensive listing of City of Hickory operational changes and updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the City’s COVID-19 Updates webpage.