FOHKY Cycling Beltway

A foundational project to create a bidirectional 13-mile loop through all four quadrants, encircling the city of Hickory.  By modifying existing infrastructure, we hope to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and alternate form of transportation in keeping with a larger complete street plan.

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All members of Friends of Hickory will be updated on current and future projects as well as receive an electronic newsletter.

Lowes Foods City Park

Hickory Downtown Children’s Park serves as an active gathering place in the heart of the city. Designed to engage children’s imaginations and promote healthy activities that provide physical, mental and social creative experiences.

Welcome to Friends of Hickory!

Friends of Hickory is an organization of private citizens dedicated to investing in the welfare and prosperity of the City of Hickory and its surrounding communities.  We hope to foster a sense of community pride, support existing resources within our city, and develop new projects that will have a positive impact on the lives of all residents and visitors.  We believe these efforts will help to improve the quality of life, attract new residents to our community, and improve the local economy.

Our mission statement is:

  • To support and develop projects in Hickory that will improve the attractiveness and livability of our community in order to increase the satisfaction of current residents as well as draw new businesses and residents to our city.

  • To have a voice in city affairs through our passionate and positive efforts for the benefit of our community.

  • To engender a greater sense of pride by energizing Hickory residents about various improvement projects including, but not limited to, parks, greenways, bike paths, and other community facilities.

Friends of Hickory is partnered with Partners for Parks (Tax id 56-2004107), a non-profit 501(c)3 designated organization based in Charlotte, NC. The mission of Partners for Parks is to promote and enhance parks, greenways, open spaces, and recreation in and around the Charlotte region.


Our Projects


Hickory Children’s Park

We are excited to announce our first project!  With support from the community we built a pocket park in our very own downtown Hickory, a place for all ages to gather for play or rest.  The park is an attractive place to sit and enjoy, as well as a place where children can explore Kompan’s unique “unrestricted play” equipment and cool themselves with an interactive water feature.  In addition to providing a safe place for our children to play downtown, the park also attracts new businesses and patrons.

How You Can Get Involved?


If you would like to be involved in the building of our new downtown park, please click the “Volunteer” link above to be redirected to our Home page where you can send us your contact information and area of interest (i.e. building, organizing, cooking, cleaning, etc…) by completing the form located underneath Sign Up.  We will help you to get plugged in!


Together, let’s make Hickory an even better place to live, work, and play.  Become a Friend of Hickory today!  Suggested annual membership:  $25 (make checks payable to “Partners for Parks” designation: Friends of Hickory) and send to our mailing address.  To pay via credit card please click on the “Membership” link above which will redirect you to the Partners for Parks website.


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Working together to build a strong community – Friends of Hickory Board of Directors thanks you for your consideration!