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Parks & Gardens News

June 2020



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Family Fit Day

National Family Health & Fitness Day- June 13th

Celebrated the second Saturday in June each year, Family Health & Fitness Day promotes the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities healthy. Various research studies are confirming that local parks and recreation, green space and time outdoors is critical for creating healthy, active and sustainable communities. You can experience the benefits by connecting with your local parks any time of the year, and especially on Family Health & Fitness Day!

Although things may look a lot different this year due to COVID-19, there are still many ways to celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day such as:

  • Taking a hike through nature in one of our Park Preserves
  • Enjoying a family picnic in one of our many open green spaces
  • Biking the trails at Blue Clay Bike Park
  • Participating in a Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Whatever you decide to do, please remember to practice social distancing to keep yourself and others safe and healthy!  

Airlie logo

Airlie Gardens Summer Updates

As we enter Phase 2 of Governor Cooper's Safer at Home Plan, we are adapting to new ways of offering programs and events at Airlie.  Sadly, our regularly scheduled onsite concerts for June & July have been canceled, however, we are excited to host the following:

Birding Mornings:  2nd Wednesday of Each Month
On the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8am, visitors can enjoy a self-guided birding stroll around the gardens without the crowds.  FREE with garden admission, and co-hosted with Wild Bird & Garden.   For more information visit AirlieGardens.org.

Thursday, June 11:  Virtual Concert with Massive Grass
Join us online from 6-7pm for our first Virtual Concert streamed LIVE on our Facebook page and Instagram story.

Airlie Member Evenings
Airlie will be opening after hours from 5-7:30pm for Members only the 1st and 3rd Fridays in June & July (June 5th & 19th and July 3rd & 17th). Last admittance will be 7pm. Pack a picnic and come enjoy the evening skies under the oak trees with your family. Tickets must be reserved in advance. Parking is onsite.  Click here for more information and to reserve tickets.

*Members must have a current valid membership to attend the Member Evenings.  Click here to join or renew your membership online.

Parks & Gardens COVID-19 Updates

New Hanover County's parks and gardens are open to the public with some restrictions. Playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed at this time. 

Picnic Shelters
Parks & Gardens is now taking picnic shelter reservations.  Groups are limited to no more than 25 people at a time, and must follow social distancing guidelines.  Reservations may be made online at ParksReservations.NHCgov.com.

Athletic Fields
Fields have reopened for general recreational use with a maximum of 25 people allowed on any field at any time - this includes players, coaches, spectators, etc.

For complete details regarding open and closed facilities, as well as, updates, visit Parks.NHCgov.com/COVID19.

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.


Events Calendar

June 10:  8am
Birding Morning (self-guided)
Airlie Gardens
FREE w/ garden admission

June 11:  6-7pm
Virtual Concert:  Massive Grass
Streaming LIVE on Facebook and Instagram


Coronavirus Resources

New Hanover County Parks & Gardens COVID-19 Updates

New Hanover County Coronavirus Information HEALTH.NHCGOV.com

New Hanover County Disaster Coalition - COVID-19 Community Resources


Volunteer Opportunities

Visit NHCParksConservancy.org to learn about our current Volunteer Opportunities.



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


The Parks & Gardens Administrative Office has MOVED to:

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

Driving Directions

(910) 798-7620 phone