The location of this park and recreation center has undergone several major changes during its history. It was originally called "Hickstown," named after its owner Hawkins Hicks. In 1922, a three teacher school was built on the property, named Hickstown School, and grew in funding and size for the next five years, being a key attribution to the huge growth in Durham County at the time. This school was demolished in 1956 and replaced with a modern brick structure in the late 1950s that was used for only 10 years. It has now been divided into senior housing and the W.I. Patterson Recreation Center.