NHCGov: Parks & Gardens Newsletter

Parks & Gardens News
April 2020



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Local parks and open spaces play a crucial role in the overall physical and mental health of a community. Parks also provide a much needed respite during challenging times such as the current Coronavirus outbreak.  

New Hanover County's parks, trails, and open spaces remain open during regular operating hours at this time with some restrictions.  The Coronavirus is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. As such, it may be necessary to make changes to our operations as the situation evolves.  The following list of facilities is accurate as of April 1, 2020.  Before heading to a county park, please check Parks.NHCgov.com/COVID19 or our facebook page for the most up-to-date list of open facilities.


  • Boat/Kayak Launches
  • Disc Golf Courses
  • Ogden Skatepark
  • Open Spaces
  • Tennis & Pickleball Courts
  • Walking/Biking Trails


  • Dog Parks
  • Exercise Equipment/Outdoor Gyms
  • Playgrounds
  • Restrooms (and all enclosed spaces)
  • Team Sports Facilities (Basketball, Volleyball Courts, Athletic Fields)

Please remember that people should not use parks or trails if exhibiting symptoms, and park visitors should practice social distancing in any public place. Thank you all for your patience as we work hard to serve the recreational needs of the community while doing our best to keep you safe.


Airlie Gardens

In compliance with New Hanover County's State of Emergency, Airlie Gardens is closed to the public until April 13th unless rescinded earlier or extended.  

Airlie staff is working with schools and other groups who have planned trips to reschedule them.  The Gardens' private events staff is working with currently booked clients on a case by case basis. 

More Information:  AirlieGardens.org


NHC Arboretum

The Arboretum gardens and NC State extension offices are closed to the public until further notice.  Staff may be contacted at (910) 798-7660, and updates will be posted on our facebook page.  

While our physical offices are closed, citizens can get questions answered through "Ask an Expert."  This website offers one-to-one expert answers from Cooperative Extension/University staff and volunteers.  Click here to "Ask an Expert."

More Information:  Arboretum.NHCgov.com


At-Home Educational Activities

All county-sponsored programs, activities and events are suspended until further notice.  If you are looking for fun educational activities your family can do at home while social distancing, visit Parks.NHCgov.com.  Parks & Gardens staff will be updating this page frequently as new resources are available.  

While the Information in this newsletter is considered to be true and correct at time of publication, changes in circumstances after publication may impact the accuracy of the Information.

Coronavirus Resources

New Hanover County Parks & Gardens COVID-19 Updates

New Hanover County Coronavirus Information HEALTH.NHCGOV.com

New Hanover County Public Health Coronavirus Call Center (910) 798-6800
Hours:  7 Days a Week- 7:30am-6pm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

New Hanover County Disaster Coalition - COVID-19 Community Resources

Events Calendar

All county-sponsored programs, activities, and events for the month of April have been canceled.

Click here for educational activities you can do at home.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities have been suspended until further notice.  

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

County Parks

OPEN Regular Operating Hours (with some facility restrictions)

Airlie Gardens

CLOSED Temporarily


CLOSED Temporarily


Shelter Reservations
All shelter reservations have been canceled through April 30.  We are not currently taking any future reservations until further notice.

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.