Hickory Dickory Park in Auburn, Alabama was sponsored and built by the citizen of Auburn and Auburn University students in 1999. While there were many small parks in the Auburn area before Hickory Dickory Park was built, there were few parks made specifically with children in mind. As a stay at home with three small children, I have come to appreciate Hickory Dickory Park very much because of how child-friendly it is.
Hickory Dickory Park has two playground areas. One area is for preschool aged children while older children can enjoy an area more suited to them. In the preschool area there is a sandbox, a slide, baby/toddler swings and other fun equipment such as a wooden tractor, a gear box and a fun mirror. Younger children can play here safely away from rowdier older children. In the preschool area is also a swing made for those with special needs. As a true Auburn park, there is a pretend Toomer’s Corner area where children can sell imaginary ice cream and lemonade. There is even a sidewalk made as a replica of College Street, complete with the tiger paw prints. This is a great area for tricycle riding.
A short stair climb (this area is also accessible by a sloping sidewalk) to a covered pavilion reveals picnic tables and benches lining the sides of the pavilion. Here parents can sit and observe their children playing. It is a cool place to sit during the summer months and have a picnic. The older children’s play area has three slides, climbing ropes, swings, a lookout tower, and monkey bars. There is plenty of room for children to run and even play hide and seek.
Both of the playground areas at Auburn’s Hickory Dickory Park have a thick ground covering of wood chips to prevent injury from falls or other play mishaps. However, it is always important that children of all ages be supervised and observed by an adult.
In addition to the playground areas, Hickory Dickory Park has an enormous grassy area that is perfect for playing ball, hosting birthday parties, having a sack race or just letting children run to their heart’s content. There are more picnic tables in this area as well as water fountains for those hot summer days. Hickory Dickory Park is one of the few Auburn parks that have restrooms. This is a much needed park feature when young children are present.
Hickory Dickory Park is located on Shug Jordon Parkway in Auburn, Alabama. There are no set hours of operation but a good rule of thumb is sun up to sun down.