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Parks & Gardens News
July 2019


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Family Fun Night

Join us at Airlie Gardens on Saturday, July 27 from 5-8pm for an evening of fun, families and everybody's favorite goose dog Reilly!  Family Fun Night is a special after hours event featuring:

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

Tickets are just $5/person in advance or $9/person on event day.  Children ages 3 and up must purchase a ticket.  Visit AirlieGardens.org for more information and to purchase tickets.  *This special event is not included in Airlie Gardens Membership.  Members must purchase a ticket.

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Summer Art Exhibit 

Airlie Gardens is excited to host its seventh annual art exhibit, HeART of the Gardens, July through October!  13 artists were chosen to decorate over-sized fiberglass heart models, which will be placed throughout the grounds for guests to enjoy as part of their garden experience.  There is also a prize for guests who find all 13 hearts.  The exhibit is included in garden admission.  More Information


Help Stop the POO-llution

Lately there has been an increase in the amount of dog waste left behind by users of the Hugh MacRae Dog Park, and we need your help to stop it.  Pet waste pollutes our local creeks and waterways with fecal bacteria levels that exceed clean water standards.  Humans can contract diseases and infections from bacteria and viruses contained in pet waste.  Bacteria and parasites in pet waste can also cause serious water quality problems, which result in polluted drinking water, swimming advisories, and more.  Please do your part to help stop the POO-llution by cleaning up after your pets in the dog park (and any other public spaces).  More Information


Splashpad Safety

The splashpad at Hugh MacRae Park is the perfect spot to play on a hot summer day.  We love to see the children play and have fun, but we also want to make sure everyone stays safe and free from injury.  The splashpad was created for children of all ages and abilities.  Please encourage your children to be mindful of smaller kids and kids with mobility impairments, and please- No Running!  Thank you for helping us keep the splashpad safe and enjoyable for ALL!  The complete list of splashpad rules are posted by the splashpad, and may be found online at Parks.NHCgov.com.  


Airlie Gardens Concert Tickets

If you plan to attend any of the Airlie Gardens Concert Series, be sure to get your tickets in advance.  Concert admission for Airlie Members is always free, and members need only show their membership card upon arrival.  All others purchasing tickets, must do so in advance at AirlieGardens.org.  

Events Calendar

7/2, 9, 16, 23, 30:  2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission


7/5:  6-8pm
Concert Series- Wilmington Big Band
Airlie Gardens
Free for Members
$10/Adults; $3/Children
*Advance tickets only


7/7:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day 
Airlie Gardens
Last admission is 4:30pm


7/10:  8-9:30am
Bird HIke
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission


7/19:  6-8pm
Concert Series- Signal Fire
Airlie Gardens
Free for Members
$10/Adults; $3/Children
*Advance tickets only


7/20:  9am-12pm
Ability Garden Plant Sale


7/27:  5-8pm
Family Fun Night
Airlie Gardens
$5/person in advance; $9 on event day

Volunteer Opportunities

Every Wed & Thurs:  9-12 pm
Airlie Gardens

Trash Mob
7/17:  10-11:30am
Location TBD

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Jodi Rich at jorich@nhcgov.com or (910) 798-7629

Airlie Gardens

Open Mon-Sun: 9am-5pm
Last admission is 4:30pm

Visit the online calendar for the Tram Schedule or call (910) 798-7700.

New Hanover County
Parks & Gardens

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone



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