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City Of Hickory Provides Update On Ridgeview Walk Construction

Construction of the Historic Ridgeview Walk segment of the Hickory Trail is underway. The Ridgeview Branch Library, Ridgeview Recreation Center, Brown Penn Recreation Center, and Taft Broome Park are still open to the public while construction crews are working hard on this project.

According to a news release issued by the City of Hickory, contractors have made great progress on the trail and will continue work in the area over the next few months. Crews will be working near the Ridgeview Branch Library entrance and Samuel William Davis, Sr. Multipurpose Field throughout April and May, but parking lots will remain accessible and City facilities in the area will be open normal hours.

First identified as a project in the City’s Inspiring Spaces Plan, the Historic Ridgeview Walk (formerly referred to as Book Walk) will be part of the larger Hickory Trail multiuse path system and bond program that seeks to increase quality of life for residents and spur economic revitalization by providing pedestrian and bicycle connectivity throughout the City.

Historic Ridgeview Walk will specifically provide this connectivity within the Ridgeview community and connect the Ridgeview community to Downtown Hickory and U.S. 70.In October 2019, City Council approved and accepted an agreement for professional services with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. for design services related to the Historic Ridgeview Walk project.

The Historic Ridgeview Walk path will travel from the City Walk down South Center Street, west across City-owned property at the Historic Ridgeview Public Library, and south on 1st Street SW to the current Ridgeview Branch Library. The path will then go west on 7th Avenue SW past Ridgeview Recreation Center, before turning south and following 4th Street SW and 4th Street Drive SW to U.S. 70 at the Walmart Neighborhood Market.

More Historic Ridgeview Walk information can be found at this link: https://www.hickorync.gov/historic-ridgeview-walk-information. For more Hickory Trail information, go to this link: https://www.hickorync.gov/hickory-trail.