In 2013, the Lackey Park LLC, the City of Hickory, and TSW began collaborating on the design of the new Deidra Lackey Memorial Park located on Lake Hickory. Deidra Lackey loved gardens and being in the outdoors. A key feature of the park is a three-story 25,420 SF event and restaurant facility. Program elements of the building include a 3,206 SF restaurant, 4,351 SF banquet room, private dining room, office area, reception, green room, commercial kitchen, grab-on-go service, overnight stay suites, and indoor and outdoor serve areas. The restaurant banquet spaces open to a multiple tiered terrace, which cascades down to the shores of Lake Hickory. The last terrace features a performance stage.
The building aesthetic utilizes heavy timber construction, natural field stone, and high performance siding to evoke a contemporary woodlands aesthetic appropriately suited for the shores of Lake Hickory. The building and landscape incorporate organic forms and materials to blend the boundary between the inside and outside. Park visitors will experience an intentional merging and blurring of the boundaries between public park, event terrace, indoor restaurant, and event spaces.