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Parks & Gardens October ENews

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

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The Food Truck Rodeo is rolling back to Hugh MacRae Park on Sunday, October 29th from 12-5pm!  We will have over 15 local food trucks serving everything from hot dogs to gourmet treats and Boba Funk will entertain us with live music.  The event is free to attend- just bring money to purchase your food & drinks.  The food trucks will give a portion of their sales back to the New Hanover County Parks Conservancy.  

The Conservancy is currently raising money to add a challenge course to Northern Regional Park.  The Coastal Challenge Course is an obstacle course with features such as floating boards, agility trainers, traverse wall and ninja steps- similar to "American Ninja Warrior."  It is designed to create a fun and social fitness experience for teens and adults of all fitness levels.  Learn more about the Coastal Challenge Course here

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Northern Regional Park Playground

Construction is scheduled to begin on the new playground at Northern Regional Park on October 9th!  We will be removing the existing playground the first week in October in preparation.  We expect the playground to be completed by the end of November.  Follow us on facebook for updates


What's Happening at Airlie Gardens?

New Environmental Education Coordinator

We are very excited to welcome Alyssa Taylor to our staff team as Environmental Education Coordinator!  Alyssa has recently joined us from Fort Fisher State Recreation Area where she was a Park Ranger and responsible for the development and coordination of their environmental education program.  

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Hops & Talks- October 4th

Don't miss the last Hops & Talks at Airlie on Wed, Oct 4th from 5-7:30pm!  This week, we'll step back in time on a guided history tour of the gardens with one of Airlie's Tour Guides!  Local brews will be available for purchase from Wrightsville Beach Brewery and Catch the Food Truck will be there serving yummy food!  Purchase tickets here


Airlie Gardens Oyster Roast is SOLD OUT

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to Airlie's Annual Oyster Roast!  Proceeds from this event support Airlie's Environmental Education programs and we appreciate your support!  Learn more about our Environmental Education programs here


    Enchanted Airlie Tickets On Sale October 15th

    It's almost time for Enchanted Airlie!  This year, the event will run two times per evening (5-7pm & 7-9pm) on November 24th & 25th, December 1st & 2nd, 8-10th and 13-22nd.  Tickets will be available on our website beginning October 15th and will sell out fast!  Visit our website for ticket pricing and FAQs

    2018 Summer Art Exhibit- Request for Qualification

    Airlie Gardens is accepting RFQ's through 4:30pm on October 17th from artists or teams of artists qualified to produce or provide 10-14 large outdoor sculptures to be exhibited throughout the garden from June 30-Sept 30, 2018.  Click here for complete details

    October Events

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

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

    10/1     NHC Residents FREE Day at Airlie Gardens:  9am-5pm (last admission is 4:30pm)

    10/4     Hops & Talks at Airlie Gardens:  5-7:30pm ($10/person- advance tickets only, for age 21+)

    10/11    Bird Hike at Airlie Gardens:  8-9:30am (free with garden admission)

    10/14    NHC Community Health & Safety Festival at the Government Center:  10am-4pm

    10/19   Educator in the Garden at Airlie Gardens:  2-4pm (free with garden admission)

    10/20   Oyster Roast at Airlie Gardens (SOLD OUT):  6-10pm

    10/29   Food Truck Rodeo at Hugh MacRae Park:  12-5pm

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