Hickory Hills Master Plan: Phase 2
Improvements to the Hickory Hills Receration 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 Hickory Hills Master Plan is to address the need for lighting of the Nordic Trails in the woods area near the entrance, expanded snowmaking, nordic trails improvements, and a study for summer activities including mountain biking.
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.
Phase 2 of the Hickory Hills Master Plan work is approximately $3323,640. Preserve Hickory, our fundraising partner provided $260,745 which includes a $125,000 grant from the Great Lakes Sports Commission. A $50,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant was received, $7,500 from in-kind services from contractors, and $5,605 fund balance for the project.
An additional $28,465 in materials was provided from Traverse City Light & Power
$65,000 of the funds from Preserve Hickory are dedicated to improvements relating to Nordic Trail and Alpine Trail homologation to hold sanctioned events and summer use activities such as mountain bike trails which are in discussion.