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Parks & Gardens April ENews

Parks & Gardens strives to maintain and operate parks and facilities that enrich the lives of the community and promote an overall healthier lifestyle.

Farmers Market

Farmers' Market at Ogden Park
Parks & Gardens is excited to partner with Riverfront Farmers' Market Inc to host a new Wednesday Farmers' Market at Ogden Park beginning April 13th!  The market will run from 8am-1pm every Wednesday through November 16th, giving the community an additional opportunity to purchase fresh foods that are good for you like fruits, berries and vegetables.  Not only does the Farmers' Market give growers and producers a place to sell their products and educate consumers about local farming and seasonal eating, but it also provides a community activity that encourages social gathering and interaction.  Like our facebook page to get updates on vendors and healthy tips & recipes. 

kayak day

Spring Kayak & Paddleboard Demo Day
Are you interested in learning more about kayaks and standup paddleboards and want to try them out before you buy?  Hook, Line & Paddle will hold their Spring Demo Day at Smith Creek Park on Sat, April 2nd from 11am-3pm. The event is FREE and participants will be able to try out a variety of non-motorized watercraft.  Native Watercraft and Wilderness Systems representatives will be available to answer all your questions.  For more information contact hooklineandpaddle@yahoo.com.

Yoga and Bird

Earth Day Celebration at Airlie Gardens
Celebrate Earth Day with Airlie Gardens on Friday, April 22nd!  We will have two special events that day:

Yoga on the Oak Lawn with Longwave Yoga 8-9am
-$10 for Airlie Members/NHC Employees & $15 for all others
-No pre-registration required

-Bring your own mat

All About Birds 2-4pm

-Educational activities
-Live birds
-Free with garden admission


Hugh MacRae Park Updates

We are getting ready to start construction on the new inclusive playground at Hugh MacRae Park! The new playground- made possible by a $750,000 grant from Trillium Health Resources- will be built in place of the current playground.  The playground will include elements for children ages 2-5 and a separate area for ages 5-12.  The park will also include a splash pad and adult fitness stations.  Construction is expected to start the week of April 11th and finish in early June.  The current playground elements will be recycled and used at Northern Regional Park in Castle Hayne. More Info  

A new outdoor basketball court is currently under construction at Hugh MacRae Park near the baseball fields.  The court will feature adjustable goals so it may be used by people of all ages and it will not require removal of the park's trees.


Volunteer Opportunities
Are you looking for an opportunity to get outdoors while giving back to the community?  We have two weekly volunteer opportunities (click the links below for details):

Hugh MacRae Park- Wednesdays 10am-12pm
(meet at shelter #1)

Airlie Gardens- Thursdays 9am-12pm
(meet at the Garden Services Center)

Volunteers perform a variety of landscaping and park beautification duties.  Tools are provided, but bring your own gloves.  

April Events

Every Wednesday:
Volunteer Opportunity-  Park Beautification at Hugh MacRae Park  10am-12pm

Every Thursday:
Volunteer Opportunity- Grounds/Gardening at Airlie Gardens  9am-12pm

4/2          Spring Kayak & SUP Demo Day at Smith Creek Park:  11am-3pm

4/3          NHC Residents FREE Day at Airlie Gardens:  9am-5pm 

4/6          National Walking Day at Hugh MacRae & Smith Creek Parks:  3-7pm

4/8          Airlie Gardens CLOSED for private event

4/9          Wellness Walk at Smith Creek Park:  9-10am

4/13        Bird Hike at Airlie Gardens:  8-9:30am (free for members & with garden admission)

4/13        Farmers' Market at Ogden Park:  8am-1pm (every Wednesday through Nov 16th)

4/17        Food Truck Rodeo at Ogden Park:  12-5pm

4/22        Earth Day Celebration at Airlie Gardens:  8-9am and 2-4pm

New Hanover County
Parks & Gardens
230 Government Center Drive
Suite 120
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 administration
(910) 798-7275 reservations
(910) 798-7623 weather hotline

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