NHCGov: Parks & Gardens Newsletter

Parks & Gardens News
July 2018

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Join us on Saturday, July 28th from 5-8pm for a celebration of families, friends and everybody's favorite Goose Dog Reilly!  Family Fun Night is a special after-hours event where both young and young at heart will enjoy an evening filled with:

  • Games, Crafts &  Face Painting
  • Live Music by Mr. Mark
  • Meet & Greet with Reilly the Goose Dog
  • Nature Activities & Educational Booths
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Port City Gymnastics Flip N' Fun Bus
  • Food Trucks & MORE!

Tickets are $5/person in advance and $9/person on event day.  Children ages 3 & up must have a ticket.  Tickets are available online or onsite in the Gift Shop (open daily 9am-4:30pm).  This special event is not included in Airlie Gardens Membership.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the care of Reilly, Airlie's working goose dog.  Click here for more info or to purchase tickets



Summer Art Exhibit

Airlie Gardens is excited to host its sixth annual art exhibit "Gnome Invasion" July 7th-October 28th!  Airlie has selected artists to decorate, paint and adorn 15 over-sized 5-foot-tall garden gnomes.  The garden gnomes will be placed throughout the grounds for guests to enjoy as part of their garden experience.  The exhibit is included in regular garden admission.  Airlie Gardens is open daily 9am-5pm (last admission is 4:30pm).  More Information


Volunteer Work Day

Are you looking for an opportunity to get outdoors, get your hands dirty and give back to the community?  Then join our parks staff for a volunteer work day on Tuesday, July 10th from 9am-12pm.  We'll meet at Ogden Elementary School and do some mulching in the landscaped beds.  Contact Jodi Rich by email or (910) 798-7629 to volunteer. 

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4-H Summer Camps

4-H Summer Fun is a collection of fun educational workshops and hands-on activities planned especially for New Hanover County youth.  This program is designed to give youth positive learning opportunities and focus on developing life skills.  Camps include:

--Foods Around the World: July 16-20th (ages 5-8)
--Making YOU Matter Health & Wellness Retreat: July 27th (rising 6-8th grade girls)
--Betsy-Jeff Penn Residential Camp: July 29-Aug 3rd (ages 9-12)

Visit arboretum.nhcgov.com for more info


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Parks Updates

Pages Creek Park Preserve Kayak Launch
Parks staff is making progress on the new kayak launch at Pages Creek Park Preserve! The launch will be the first and only public access to Pages Creek.  The project was made possible by a generous grant from Duke Energy Water Resources Fund and should be completed by late July.

Middle Sound Greenway Trail
The new Middle Sound Greenway Trail is officially open!  The 1.3-mile trail provides another great opportunity for citizens to get outdoors and enjoy activities like walking and biking.  

Snows Cut Park Playground
Snows Cut Park is getting new playground equipment!  Parks staff began removing the old playground on June 28th and installation of the new playground equipment should be complete by July 11th!   

For information on these projects and more, visit parks.nhcgov.com or follow us on facebook!


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


Events Calendar

7/1:  9am-4:30pm
NHC Residents FREE Day
Airlie Gardens
(last admission 4:30pm)

7/3:  2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Free with Garden Admission

7/6:  6-8pm
Summer Concert Series- The Wilmington Big Band
Airlie Gardens

7/10:  2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Free with Garden Admission

7/11:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
Free with Garden Admission

7/17:  2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Free with Garden Admission

7/19:  2-4pm
Educator in the Garden
Airlie Gardens
Free with Garden Admission

7/20:  6-8pm
Summer Concert Series- L Shape Lot
Airlie Gardens

7/24:  2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Free with Garden Admission

7/28:  5-8pm
Family Fun Night
Airlie Gardens
$5/Advance; $9/Event Day

7/31:  2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Free with Garden Admission


Volunteer Opportunities

Thursdays: 9am-12pm
Airlie Gardens

7/10: 9am-12pm
Ogden Elementary School

7/18:  10am-12pm
N College Rd

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Jodi Rich by email or (910) 798-7629

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Airlie Gardens
Open Daily 9am-5pm
Last Admittance 4:30pm
Tram Schedule


New Hanover County
Parks & Gardens

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone
(910) 798-7623 weather


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