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Preserve Hickory Donates $1.8 Million for Hickory Hills Improvements

by Katy Garavaglia
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Pictured are DPS Director Frank Dituri, City Engineer Tim Lodge, City Manager Marty Colburn, Preserve Hickory President Laura Ness, City Clerk Benjamin Marentette and City Planning Director Russ Soyring.

May 8, 2018


Contacts:  Laura Ness, Preserve Hickory President, (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 Donates $1.8 Million for
Improvements to Hickory Hills Ski & Recreational Area

 TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- On Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Preserve Hickory presented a $1.8 million check to City officials as local match to the nearly $4 million Hickory Hills Master Plan Improvements project.

“This is the largest gift the City has ever received from a private party,” City Manager Marty Colburn remarked.  “The Preserve Hickory board members have been delightful to work with and we, as a community, are very honored and fortunate to have project partners like Preserve Hickory to help us transform Hickory Hills,” continued Colburn.

Last month, the City announced that Hickory Hills renovations are currently underway. Years of collaborative planning, design and fund raising are culminating in substantial upgrades to the park. The improvements will significantly expand year-round public recreational opportunities and accessibility. Improvements include a new lodge, maintenance facility, expanded alpine and freestyle skiing runs, parking, trails, sledding hill, expanded disc golf and a new entrance.

“Preserve Hickory built upon the years of memories and traditions that were created at Hickory Hills since its inception in 1952,” said Preserve Hickory President Laura Ness. “For families who have experienced Hickory Hills, they understand the legacy and tradition and its importance within the fabric of the community and for future families and generations to experience. Through the non-profit Preserve Hickory, we were able to raise money in the community to preserve and enhance the Hickory Hills experience now and into the future,” Ness continued. Once final fundraising is complete, Preserve Hickory is expected to contribute over $1.9 million to the project. The public is invited to ground-breaking event being held at Hickory Hills on June 19th beginning at 2:00 pm.