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new year

Start the New Year Off with Parks & Gardens

Do your new year's resolutions include more exercise?  New Hanover County's parks have exercise opportunities for all ages and skill levels to help you get started or continue on your fitness journey.  And, they're FREE to use!  


Our newest amenities at Long Leaf Park include a kids' basketball court with some old school playground games like hopscotch and four square.  


For the adults (ages 13+), we've added a new basketball court and "ninja warrior"-style obstacle course featuring eight challenging elements including spiderwalk, unstable bridge and rope climb.  Check out this video of the fitness course in action at Parks.NHCgov.com.  The tennis courts also have new LED lighting.  


Other exercise opportunities in the parks include walking trails, outdoor gyms, playgrounds, tennis courts and MORE!  Learn all about the many different ways you can exercise and get in shape with us at Parks.NHCgov.com/ParkRx.


new year

Holiday Hours

County Parks:
Open January 1

Airlie Gardens* &
Echo Farms Park:

Closed January 1

*Airlie Gardens is now operating on winter hours through the end of February.  Winter hours are Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm;  Closed on Mondays.



Environmental Education

Check out our educational opportunities happening this month at Airlie Gardens:

Bird Hike
Wednesday, January 12
Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and see how many bird species you can spot.  Pre-registration is required.  Click here to register

Bee-ginner's Guide to Planting for Pollinators - Winter Sowing
Tuesday, January 25
Join us for an introduction to planting for pollinators.  In this program you'll learn why pollinators are important, understand what native plants provide for wildlife and discover which plants are best for your space.  Pre-registration is required.  Click here to register



It's Owl Good Auction

This is your last chance to own one of the owl sculptures from It's Owl Good!  The online auction ends at 11pm on January 15.  Learn more and bid on your favorite owl 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.

January Events

Jan 2:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

Jan 12:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Jan 25: 1-3pm
Planting for Pollinators
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Jan 25: 3:30-4pm
Library Storytime & Craft
Smith Creek Park
Free/Pre-Registration Required

Airlie Gardens Winter Hours

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

*Airlie is closed on Mondays January-February.  There will be no tram service during these months.  

Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Sat, Jan 8
Parkwood Park

Wed, Jan 19
Location TBD

Learn more at



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations



Career Opportunities

-Trades Specialist
-Trades Technician
-Grounds Maintenance Worker
-Parks Attendant

Learn more about these full- and part-time positions and apply at Parks.NHCgov.com/JoinOurTeam



New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone