NHCGov: Parks & Gardens Newsletter

Parks & Gardens News
May 2020



Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

header 2

Battle Park Draft

We're making progress on Battle Park!  The design team has completed a draft concept layout for the new park using information gained from the public meeting and online survey.  This draft layout shows the locations for parking, dog park, play area, walking/biking trail, picnic shelter, and restrooms.  Additional features will be added as the design progresses.  Click here for a larger PDF version of the layout.  For more information and updates:  Parks.NHCgov.com/BattlePark


May is National Bike Month

National Bike Month was established in 1956 to showcase the many benefits of bicycling.  Riding a bike is a great way to help you stay physically and mentally healthy, whether you’re riding for fun, or taking essential trips to work or shop. Biking may look a little different at this time due to COVID-19 and social distancing, but you can help keep yourself and others safe and healthy by following these simple tips:

  1. Do not go on a bike ride with others.  Only ride with members of your own household.
  2. When riding on county park trails, follow the directional signage, and keep all traffic moving in one direction.
  3. If you're riding for commuting purposes, be sure to carry sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer, and clean any part of your bike that you touch with your hands.  

Learn more about Bike Month at bikeleague.org.

toad 2

NEW Environmental Education YouTube Channel

Our environmental educators, Alyssa and Sara, have been hard at work making great videos with activities for you to do at home, such as "How to Make a Toad Abode" and "How to Fold Paper Pots!"  Check them out on our new YouTube channel! They are also sharing fun activities for all ages on our facebook page!

Parks & Gardens COVID-19 Updates

New Hanover County's parks and gardens are open to the public at this time with some restrictions. Please remember that people should not use parks or trails if exhibiting symptoms, and park visitors should practice social distancing at all times. For complete details regarding open and closed facilities, as well as, updates, visit Parks.NHCgov.com/COVID19.


All county walking/biking trails are open!  Please help everyone maintain proper physical distancing while using trails by following the directional signs, and keeping traffic moving one way.  


Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens is open to the public daily from 9am-4:30pm at this time.  The Garden Services building, including the restrooms, will remain closed. In an effort to keep staff and visitors safe, as well as, increase social distance, ALL admission tickets must be pre-purchased online - no tickets will be available for sale onsite. Airlie Members do not need to purchase a ticket for garden admission.  Learn more and purchase tickets at AirlieGardens.org.


NHC Arboretum

The Arboretum gardens are currently open daily from 9am-5pm.  NC State extension offices and ALL restrooms remain closed to the public until further notice.  Staff may be contacted at (910) 798-7660, and updates will be posted on our facebook page.  More Information:  Arboretum.NHCgov.com

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:  Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

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 May 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


Picnic Shelter Reservations
Reservations are currently suspended until further notice.

New Hanover County
Parks & Gardens

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone


facebook 2

Follow us on facebook

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.