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Preserve Hickory Awarded Consumers Energy Foundation Grant

by Katy Garavaglia
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

January 29, 2019


Contacts:  Laura Ness, Preserve Hickory, President & Co-Founder (231) 883-4475, 
               Marty Colburn, City of Traverse City, City Manager, (231) 922-4440,
               Derek Melville, City of Traverse City, Parks & Recreation Superintendent, 
                     (231) 922-4910,

Preserve Hickory Awarded $30,000 Grant from Consumers Energy Foundation for Improvements to Hickory Hills Recreational Area

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN – Preserve Hickory was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from Consumers Energy Foundation for expanded snowmaking and landscaping improvements at Hickory Hills Recreation Area, bringing the total contribution from Consumers Energy Foundation to $50,000 for this project. Preserve Hickory President Laura Ness noted, “Preserve Hickory is extremely grateful for the on-going support of Consumers Energy Foundation as we partner with the City to invest in the future of Hickory Hills.”

Doug DeYoung, Consumers Energy’s community affairs area manager, will be presenting the grant to Preserve Hickory and the City of Traverse City on February 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm at the new lodge on the property.

“Consumers Energy is dedicated to ensuring Michigan communities are growing and thriving,” said Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary/treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We are pleased this additional Consumers Energy Foundation grant will assist Hickory Hills to increase its skiable area by 40 percent and expand recreational services offered year-round for Grand Traverse residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The City recently announced that Hickory Hills was open for the season, while crews work to finish the last of the updates to the park. Years of collaborative planning, design and fund raising have culminated in substantial upgrades to Hickory Hills, providing updated infrastructure and more recreational opportunities for the entire community. Improvements specifically include a new lodge, maintenance facility, expanded alpine and freestyle skiing terrain, parking, new Nordic and multipurpose trails, a sledding hill, expanded disc golf and a new entrance. These improvements will significantly expand year-round public recreational opportunities and accessibility for the entire park.

“We’re excited to partner with such wonderful community groups like Preserve Hickory, Consumers Energy Foundation, and so many others to transform Hickory Hills into a modern and accessible recreation area for the entire Traverse City region to utilize and enjoy,” remarked Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers.

The City of Traverse City, along with project partners Preserve Hickory, have raised and dedicated over $4 Million and countless hours to the renovation and restoration of this great community park.

Consumers Energy Foundation presents grant award to Preserve Hickory and the City of Traverse City