NHCGov: Parks & Gardens Newsletter

Parks & Gardens News
October 2018

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Hurricane Recovery

We hope you and your families are safe and recovering from Hurricane Florence.  Our county parks and gardens facilities sustained quite a bit of damage from the winds and rain.  Staff and contractors have been working hard to assess the damage, remove trees, repair damaged structures, and clean up debris.  Parks and facilities are opening as they become safe for use.  Below are recent updates regarding the status of our parks and gardens.  For more information and updates, visit Parks.NHCgov.com. 

The following parks are open:

  • Arrowhead Park (disc golf course is closed)
  • Echo Farms Tennis Courts
  • Hugh MacRae Park (dog park & pond area are closed)
  • Kings Grant Park
  • Monterey Heights Park
  • Northern Regional Park (disc golf course is closed)
  • River Road Park
  • Trails End Park
  • Veterans Park (soccer/football fields are closed)

Airlie Gardens Update:

Airlie Gardens will remain closed until further notice. We are working hard to get the gardens cleaned up and ready for visitors.  

  • Our goal is to open by the end of October/early November
  • Enchanted Airlie ticket sales will be delayed and will be available sometime in October
  • The Oyster Roast will go on as scheduled (tickets are SOLD OUT)
  • Visit AirlieGardens.org for updates

Arboretum Update:

The Arboretum will have a grand reopening on November 2nd, but will open back up to the public the week of October 8th..

  • The Plant Clinic & Gift Shop will open October 1st
  • Art in the Arboretum has been rescheduled for November 2-4th
  • Visit Arboretum.NHCgov.com for udates
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Join us on Sunday, October 7th from 12-5pm as the Food Truck Rodeo rolls back to Hugh MacRae Park!  The event is free to attend- just bring money to purchase your food and drinks.  There will be close to 30 food trucks & vendors in attendance, as well as live music by Boba Funk & Friends.  The food trucks will give a portion of their sales for the day back to the Parks Conservancy of New Hanover County.  More Information


Echo Farms Park Tennis Survey

Parks & Gardens is seeking input from the public regarding the tennis program at Echo Farms Park.  Click here to take the survey.  Your input on this brief survey will help us design the new tennis program for the park.  

Fit Challenge

Save the Date - Nov 17th

Save the Date for a day of fun & fitness for a great cause!  The Coastal Fitness Challenge will take place on Saturday, November 17th from 9am-12pm at Hugh MacRae Park!  More Information


The following projects were completed in September:

  • NEW River Road Park Playground
  • Northern Regional Park Pickleball Courts
  • Gold Star Memorial Monument at Hugh MacRae Park
  • Ogden Park Baseball Infield Renovations

Visit Parks.NHCgov.com or follow us on facebook for updates on these projects and more!

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

10/7:  12-5pm
Food Truck Rodeo
Hugh MacRae Park

10/19:  6-10pm
Oyster Roast
Airlie Gardens


Volunteer Opportunities

10/17:  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 is Closed until further notice as we recover from Hurricane Florence


New Hanover County
Parks & Gardens

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120
Wilmington, NC  28403

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


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

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