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Parks & Gardens News
February 2020


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Help Design a New Park!

New Hanover County has the opportunity to create a passive recreation park in the southern part of the county and we need your help!  Battle Park is a 42.5-acre property located on Carolina Beach Rd., just south of Manassas Dr.  Parks & Gardens is currently in the design phase of turning this land into a passive park, and we're looking for input from the community.  There are two opportunities to give input into the park's design:

1.  Public Open House
Tues, Feb 4th from 5:30-7pm
Pine Valley Library Osprey Room - 3802 S. College Rd.
Citizens are invited to drop in during this time period and share their ideas on what they would like to see in the park.

2.  Online Survey
An online survey is available through Feb 14th.  Click here to take the survey.

For more information and updates on this project, visit Parks.NHCgov.com/BattlePark.  


New Trees Planted at Northern Regional Park

NHC Parks & Gardens planted 53 new trees at Northern Regional Park on January 29th.  The trees will add to the beauty of the park AND help improve water quality, prevent flooding, and improve the quality of the air we breathe!  


Call to Artists for Airlie Gardens Annual Art Exhibit

Airlie Gardens will host its 8th annual art exhibit SQUIRRELS! July 7-October 31st.  Airlie is looking for artists, or teams of artists, to decorate, paint, or otherwise adorn one of 10 over-sized fiberglass squirrel models to be displayed throughout the gardens.  Artists must submit an application by Feb 28th to be considered.  Exhibit sponsorship opportunities are also available.  Click here for more information and applications


What Goes Where? Seminar

Trash, Recycle or Compost. Do you know what goes where? NC Cooperative Extension and Coastal Compost Council are holding a seminar on Sat, Feb 8th from 1:30-3pm to give participants the resources and tools to confidently separate and place waste in the proper container.  Seminar is free, but pre-registration is required.  Click here to register

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Food Truck Rodeo Vendor Applications

The NHC Parks Conservancy will be accepting vendor applications February 3-17th for the Spring Food Truck Rodeo to be held on Sunday, April 19th from 12-5pm at Ogden Park.  Vendors must have wheels and be mobile (food truck, trailer or carts only).  Learn more and apply at NHCParksConservancy.org


Milkweed Madness- DIY Greenhouse Workshop is SOLD OUT

Follow Airlie Gardens' facebook page for the latest news and information on our educational programs and activities. 

Events Calendar

2/2:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day 
Airlie Gardens
Last admission is 4:30pm

2/4:  5:30-7pm
Public Open House for Battle Park Design
Pine Valley Library

2/8:  1:30-3pm
What Goes Where? Seminar

2/12:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission

2/15:  9am-12pm
Ability Garden Plant Sale

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
2/19:  10-11:30am
Location TBD

Grounds & Gardening at Airlie Gardens
Every Wed & Thurs

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

Airlie Gardens

Winter Hours
Tues-Sun: 9am-5pm
Last admission is 4:30pm
Closed Mondays; No Tram

Tram service will resume in March.

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.