VOL. 113 | NO. 56 | Friday, March 19, 1999
Design of Hickory Hill parks begins
Hickory Hill parks
are in design stage
By KATHLEEN BURT
The Daily News
Two city parks for the newly annexed Hickory Hill area will be the topic of community meetings set for Monday and Tuesday.
Residents of Hickory Hill, which became part of Memphis Jan. 1, will have an opportunity to provide input in the design stage of the new parks.
"We want to find out what the residents needs are for a park," said James M. Evans, lead architect on the design project.
The meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Monday's meeting is set for the Mount Zion C.M.E. Church at the corner of Raines and Hickory Hill roads. Tuesdays meeting will be at the Capleville United Methodist Church, 4275 Riverdale Road.
Evans and other members of the transition team will be on hand to listen to residents comments as they relate to the planned parks. Council members Brent Taylor and Jerome Rubin, who will divide the annexed area between their districts, have been invited.
The preliminary model of the park design will be presented at the meeting. Evans, a partner in the firm of Nathan Evans Taylor Coleman and Foster, said the preliminary plan is similar to the design of the Flowering Peach Park, south of Winchester.
Another firm is designing that park.
"Its a simple neighborhood park plan. There will be no set up for organized sports, but there will be nice level places to throw a Frisbee or play softball," Evans said.
Asphalt walking trails nearly a mile in length skirting the edge of a wooded area and footbridges crossing natural creeks will be incorporated into the park design, he said.
Play sculpture for small children, including swings and slides, is also part of the current design.
Both parks will be built near two new fire stations. About 15 acres of land was purchased to build stations No. 53 and 55 with the remaining acreage going for the parks.
Though the budget has not been set, the cost estimate for each park is about $600,000.
Once the public meetings are complete, Evans estimates the design stage will take about 60 days. Bids will be let for a 30-day period, then an ordinance must go before the Memphis City Council to accept the bid. Construction could begin by fall, Evans said.