NHCGov: Parks & Gardens Newsletter

Parks & Gardens News

November 2020



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Echo Farms

Echo Farms Park

New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington celebrated the completion of renovations at Echo Farms Park on October 29th with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.  The completed renovations include resurfacing the clay tennis courts, installation of LED tennis lights, swimming pool updates, construction of a new tennis/pool clubhouse with restrooms, and parking lot and landscaping improvements.  

The five existing clay tennis courts at Echo Farms Park opened to the public in September 2018 when the county and city purchased the property in a joint partnership.  Court reservations are $5/hour for New Hanover County residents and $8/hour for non-residents, and may be made at ParksReservations.NHCgov.com.    

In the next few years, the county will construct additional clay tennis courts and other park amenities.  Learn more about Echo Farms Park at Parks.NHCgov.com/EchoFarms.


Legacy Tree Fund Grant

We are so excited that the North Carolina Urban Forest Council selected the Parks Conservancy as a recipient of the Legacy Tree Fund grant! The grant will fund the purchase of 45 trees to be planted on three of the county's FEMA properties in February 2021.  The Conservancy, in partnership with the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, will be seeking volunteers to help with the planting as we get closer to the planting date.   More Information


New Pollinator Garden at Veterans Park

We would like to thank the North Carolina Wildlife Federation for graciously purchasing over 200 native plants for a new pollinator space at Veterans Park!  The new plants were planted with the help of eight volunteers on October 23rd.  Click here to view the photos


Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

County Parks: 
Open Regular Hours

Airlie Gardens: 
Closed November 26

Parks Office & Echo Farms Park: 
Closed November 26 & 27


Enchanted Airlie

Tickets went on sale to the public for Enchanted Airlie on October 29th and are selling FAST!  A carload ticket is just $30, and includes parking and admission for all passengers in one vehicle.  All tickets must be purchased online so get yours today at AirlieGardens.org before they sell out!  

*XL van tickets are $55 for 10-15 passenger or conversion vans.  Large vehicles, including limos and mini-buses, require a special reservation.  More Information

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

Nov 1:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY
Last admission is 4:30pm

Nov 3, 10, 17 & 24:  2pm
Tuesdays with Airlie
Virtual- Facebook

Nov 11 & 25:  8am
Birding Morning (self-guided)
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY


Airlie Gardens Operating Hours

Mon-Sun:  9am-5pm

*The gardens will close at 4:30pm on days when Enchanted Airlie is scheduled.  Last admission on those days will be 4pm.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Wed, Nov 18
Location TBD

Cape Fear Museum Park
Ongoing Opportunity

Learn more at



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

Coronavirus Information

Outdoor gatherings and activities are limited to 50 people or less.  Face coverings should be worn, except when strenuously exercising.  Visit Parks.NHCgov.com/COVID19 for more information.


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

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(910) 798-7620 phone