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Public Input Meeting Planned for Miracle of Hickory Park Improvements

The City of Hickory has been planning for the improvement of the Miracle of Hickory Park and is now pursuing an opportunity to compete for an Accessibility for Parks grant to benefit veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Citizens are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, September 13, at 7 p.m. to see a short presentation on the proposed improvements, share their ideas, and express their needs. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building (Hickory City Hall).

Potential improvements to the park include inclusive play equipment, site furnishings, parking, and expanded opportunities for individuals with disabilities and seniors to play or actively interact with those they accompany to the park. A patriotic tribute to military service members with disabilities is a proposed theme for the project. Opportunities for veteran programming and improved connectivity with accessible parking are being explored, in collaboration with the Hickory Music Factory and the neighboring Army Reserve.

Those unable to attend the public input meeting should contact Special Projects Manager for the City Manager Natalie Jackson at or call 828-851-6473 to learn more and to give input on the project.