Deidra Lackey Memorial Park Master Plan


Client: The City of Hickory and Imagine Special Projects, LLC

Location: Hickory, North Carolina

Status: In Progress


  • Master plan for 10-acre Deidra Lackey Memorial Park
  • Improve existing park to accommodate a variety of activities
  • New architectural and landscape architectural elements


TSW prepared a master plan for the 10-acre Deidra Lackey Memorial Park in Hickory, North Carolina. The project client is a joint venture between the City of Hickory and Imagine Special Projects, LLC conservancy, a not for profit.

This project focuses on revamping an existing City of Hickory park to handle a wider range of activities and experiences for users based on stakeholder input. This waterfront master plan imagines major new architectural and landscape architectural elements, including: a Conservatory, a community event building, amphitheater, children’s playground, docks, and a boat ramp.

The community event building/meeting house is the central element of the project. The building is situated on a highpoint to take advantage of 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 environmentally-sensitive plan focuses on preserving and enhancing views to the water, protecting mature trees, reducing runoff, and protecting Lake Hickory’s water quality by treating storm water runoff with rain gardens and bio swales.

Master plan deliverables included a vision statement, guiding principles, concept plan, architectural concepts, project budget, and phasing plan. TSW is currently working on construction documents for landscape architecture and architecture improvements