Improvements to the Hickory Hills Recreation Area will build upon a four-seasons park for all to enjoy! In 2022, Phase 2 of the Hickory Hills Master Plan kicked off. Initial work will add snowmaking to the Nordic Trails in the woods area near the entrance, add snowmaking hydrants on Swede to improve snowmaking efficiency, and add a third booster pump to the snowmaking system. In addition, Phase 2 of the plan will include a feasibility study for designated trails, including mountain biking.
Designated trail networks can decrease recreational conflicts. Mountain bike trails are designated for non-motorized bicycles equipped for off-road use. Trail use is still open to hikers, however, they are not the intended primary user group for whom the trail is designed to accommodate due to design to meet the requirements of mountain bikes and their riders, protect resources, and achieve a durable and maintainable trail.
A Hickory Hills Trail Network public survey has launched seeking input on a conceptual trail map. The survey will be available through August 2022.
Over $5 million has been invested at Hickory since 2017 to support park improvements including the new lodge and related infrastructure; new Nordic, alpine, and hiking trails; expanded disc golf; conveyor lift, and a sledding hill.
The City Commission's 2022 adopted their Goals and Objectives identified connecting people with nature as a strategic priority with a goal to provide safe and accessible public spaces where people may recreate, socialize, or enjoy being alone in nature.