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Parks & Gardens News
November 2018


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Enchanted Airlie



Tickets are on sale now! The run times are 5-7 pm and 7-9 pm. Tickets are $30 per carload. Purchase tickets online


Airlie Gardens is back open! The gardens will close at 4 pm on Enchanted Airlie nights. The Gnome Invasion art exhibit has been extended thru December 31st.

Arboretum Happenings

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Art in the Arboretum Show & Sale is November 2nd-4th from 10-4 pm. Tickets are $5 and are available at the gate. There will be over 100 artists showcasing their work! MeMa’s Best Chick’n’ & Ribs will be there serving up food on Friday!

Art in the Arboretum will have a FOA Members Party on November 3rd at 5pm. Tickets are $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers. There will be food and drinks from Wrightsville Beach Brewery and Fermental, as well as a live auction., silent auction, and raffle. Purchase tickets online!

Support the Ability Garden at the 3rd Saturday Plant Sale on November 17th and score some succulents, herbs, houseplants, and more!

Check out the NC Cooperative Extension booth at the Cape Fear Fair & Expo!

Coastal Fitness Challenge

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The Parks Conservancy will be raising money for park restoration on November 17th at Hugh MacRae Park! Register online for a 50 minute fitness class!                                                           

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

County Parks: Open
Airlie Gardens: Closed November 22
Echo Farms Tennis Courts: Closed November 22
Parks & Gardens Office: Closed November 22 & 23

Hurricane Recovery Update

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New Hanover County Parks & Gardens facilities suffered quite a bit of damage from Hurricane Florence. Thanks to the hard work of our staff, volunteers, and contractors, most of our parks and facilities have re-opened with exception of the following.

The following parks & facilities are closed while we complete storm clean-up:

Blue Clay Bike Park
Hugh MacRae Nature Trail

Pickleball Courts


The Pickleball Courts at Northern Regional Park are complete and ready for play!  The original two tennis courts were converted into six pickleball courts.


Kings Grant Park

Basketball Courts are scheduled to be completed by November 2nd. New playground and picnic shelter installations will begin in November. More info here.

Ogden Skatepark

Repairs to the Skatepark bowl are scheduled to begin November 12th and should take a week to complete. Concrete installation in the bottom bowl will take place later in November.

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

11/2 - 11/4: 10-4 pm

Art in the Arboretum


$5 per person


11/4: 9-5 pm

NHC Residents Free Day

Airlie Gardens

(last admission is 4:30pm)


11/14: 8-9:30 am

Bird Hike

Airlie Gardens


11/15: 2-4 pm

Educator in the Garden

Airlie Gardens


11/17: 9-12pm

Coastal Fitness Challenge

Hugh MacRae Park

$15 per class


11/17: 9-12 pm

3rd Saturday Plant Sale



11/19: 11-11:45 am

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Dedication

Hugh MacRae Park

Volunteer Opportunities

November 1st, 8th, 15th, & 29th 9-12 pm


Airlie Gardens


11/21 10-12 pm

Trash Mob

N College Rd 

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

New Hanover County
Parks & Gardens

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone
(910) 798-7275 reservations


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

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