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Hickory Receives Grant For Park Improvements

The City of Hickory has been selected to receive a $50,000 Hometown Grant from T-Mobile to make improvements at Taft Broome Park. In honor of this grant award, the Hickory community is invited to a celebration at Samuel William Davis, Sr. Multipurpose Field on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m.

The event will feature music, games, and free hot dogs courtesy of T-Mobile. Special remarks will be provided by Hickory Mayor Hank Guess, Councilman Rev. Dr. Anthony Freeman, Infrastructure Grants Manager Karen Dickerson, T-Mobile representatives, and Xenophone Lutz, Jr., a member of the Ridgeview Panthers “Untouchables” football team. Other members of The Untouchables will also be in attendance at the field celebration.

The Hometown Grant funds will be used to update Samuel William Davis, Sr. Multipurpose Field at Taft Broome Park, which was the home field of the former Ridgeview High School and The Untouchables, the 1964 football team that made history with a perfect season. Updates will include improvements to the field’s turf, PA system, netting, and fencing. These investments will provide an enhanced facility for sports and community events and help to preserve the rich history of the former Ridgeview High School. 

Samuel William Davis, Sr. Multipurpose Field is located at 730 Third Street SW in Hickory. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors at Ridgeview Recreation Center, 115 Seventh Avenue SW.