Hickory – Beginning Monday, October 30, Hickory City Park will be closed for approximately six months, while renovations are completed to improve the 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.

The City of Hickory joined with the Greater Hickory Tennis Association (GHTA) in a priority use agreement for tennis complex improvements at Hickory City Park.  The GHTA has agreed to contribute $125,000 to the total cost of the project, which is estimated at $961,372.

Not only will the renovations enhance the park and create parking for tennis tournaments and events, but it will also be utilized for the future Riverwalk.  Once the Riverwalk is constructed and open, pedestrian access will be available from the Hickory City Park to the Riverwalk.

Tennis players and park patrons and encouraged visit and utilize other city tennis courts located at Civitan Park, Kiwanis Park, Taft Broome Park, and Westmont Recreation Center while Hickory City Park is closed.  Also, the bikeway, beginner mountain bike trail, and pump track can be accessed via Rotary-Geitner Park.