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Public Input Sessions Scheduled for Sandy Pines Park

The City of Hickory is planning for the development of the Sandy Pines Park. The city is now pursuing an opportunity to compete for a Parks & Recreation Trust Fund grant to kickstart initial funding for the new neighborhood park.

Citizens are invited to attend upcoming public input meetings featuring a short presentation on proposed plans for the park. Those attending will have an opportunity to share their feedback and express their needs. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 6, from 6-to-8 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building (76 North Center Street). The second meeting will be held Thursday, March 7, from 6-to-8 p.m. in the community room at the Highland Recreation Center (1451 Eighth Street Drive NE).

The new Sandy Pines Park will be developed on a 13.42-acre tract of property in the northeast quadrant of Hickory. The master plan proposes a variety of potential park amenities, including walking trails, a nature playground, picnic shelters, an outdoor fitness areas, permanent cornhole boards, half-court basketball, open space, natural areas, restrooms, and perimeter fencing.

Those unable to attend the public input meetings may contact Special Projects Manager for the City Manager, Natalie Jackson, at or call 828-851-6473.