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New Hanover County
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Holiday Hours

County Parks:
Closing at 5pm Dec 24
Closed Dec 25

Airlie Gardens &
Echo Farms Park:

Closed Dec 24-27

Parks & Gardens Office:
Closed Dec 23-27

*Airlie Gardens will close at 4pm December 3-22 to prepare for Enchanted Airlie.  Last admittance will be 3:30pm.  


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Career Opportunities

New Hanover County Parks & Gardens is hiring!  If you're a hard working, customer service oriented person with a love for the outdoors, check out our current openings and apply today:

  • Grounds Maintenance Worker (full-time & part-time available)
  • Parks Attendant
  • Trades Technician

New Hanover County offers great pay and excellent benefits.  Visit Parks.NHCgov.com/JoinOurTeam for more information and to apply.  



Parks & Gardens Project Updates

If you've been to Long Leaf or Veterans Park lately, you may have seen some new amenities going up!  Two current projects in progress are the Long Leaf fitness obstacle course and basketball court, and new Veterans Park playground.  We expect both projects to be completed soon after the new year.  For more information on both projects and others scheduled for this year, visit Parks.NHCgov.com/ParksProjects.  



It's Owl Good Art Exhibit & Auction

This is your last chance to see Airlie Gardens' annual art exhibit- It's Owl Good!  The exhibit is on display throughout the gardens through December 31 and is included with garden admission.  Did you know that you can own your very own owl from It's Owl Good?  Visit our online auction through January 15 (auction closes at 11pm) and bid on your favorite owl.  Owls are selling fast!  Learn more about the exhibit and auction at AirlieGardens.org.


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Bird Hike

Join our educators and our partner Wild Bird & Garden for a bird hike around Airlie Gardens on December 8th at 8am.  Advanced registration is required and tickets are likely to sell out.  Reserve your spot today at AirlieGardens.org.  


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.

December Events

Dec 5:  9am-4pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 3:30pm

Dec 8:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Dec 14: 3:30-4pm
Library Storytime & Craft
Smith Creek Park
Free/Pre-Registration Required

Airlie Gardens

Open Daily: 9am-5pm
Last admission is 4:30pm

*Dec 3-22 the grounds will close at 4pm.  Last admittance will be 3:30pm.

*Airlie will be closed December 24-27.

Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Wed, Dec 15
Location TBD

Learn more at



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone