TSW was retained to prepare a master plan for the 10-acre Deidra Lackey Memorial Park Master Plan in Hickory, North Carolina. The project is a joint venture between the City of Hickory and Imagine Special Projects, LLC conservancy, a not-for-profit organization. The goal of the master plan was to revamp an existing City of Hickory park to handle a wider range of activities and experiences for users, based on stakeholder input.
The master plan includes several major architectural and landscape architectural elements, including a Conservatory, a community event building, an amphitheater, a children’s playground, docks, and a boat ramp. The community event building/meeting house is the central element of the project, situated on a high point to take advantage of the topography for an amphitheater and commanding views of Lake Hickory. The facility is programmed to operate as a full-service event and conference space with an occupancy of over 350 people and a full commercial kitchen.
The master plan also focuses on preserving and enhancing the views to the water, protecting mature trees, reducing water runoff, and protecting Lake Hickory’s water quality by treating stormwater runoff with rain gardens and bio swales. The master plan deliverables included a vision statement, guiding principles, concept plan, architectural concepts, project budget, and phasing plan. TSW is currently working on the construction documents for landscape architecture and architecture improvements, ensuring that the park will be an environmentally-sensitive and sustainable space for the community to enjoy.