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New Hanover County
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The swimming pool at Echo Farms Park is open for the season!  Parks & Gardens is excited to be managing the pool this year and offering family swim time, adult lap swim and group fitness classes!  Pool hours include:

Family Public Swim
Mon, Wed & Fri:  1-7pm
Tues & Thurs:  1-5:30pm
Sat & Sun:  12-6pm

Adult Lap Swim (beginning June 6)
Mon, Tues & Thurs:  7-9:30am
Sat:  9am-12pm 

Pool Fees:

Daily Pass
$4/Adult (age 18+)
$2/Children (17 & under)

Season Pass
$175/Family (2 Adults + Dependents living in the same household)

Learn more about the pool and purchase your season pass at Parks.NHCgov.com/EchoFarms.

*Pool hours are subject to change due to weather, maintenance or other unforeseen issues.  We will post all updates on our Facebook page @echofarmspark or you can subscribe to RainedOut to receive notifications.  Visit rainedout.net and search for Echo Farms Park


Group Fitness Schedule

Water Aerobics
Mon: 10-10:45am

Stretching, Relaxation & Meditation
Mon: 12-12:45pm
Wed & Thurs: 10-10:45am

Cost to participate is $3/class and all levels of fitness are welcome.  Pre-registration is recommended - classes are likely to fill up.  Echo Farms also has land-based classes including Stretching, Relaxation & Meditation and Weight Training.  Click here to learn more and register



Butterfly Releases

Every Tuesday from June 7 to September 6, Airlie Gardens will hold a Butterfly Release at 2pm in the Butterfly House.  The program will begin with a talk on the butterfly life cycle and the different types of butterflies in the house that week, and conclude with a butterfly release.  Pre-registration is required and tickets typically sell out quickly.  Learn more and register at AirlieGardens.org.



Nature Journaling at Long Leaf Park

Enjoy a stroll around the pond on June 15 from 9:30-10:30am and learn about the centuries-old method of recording your nature observations.  We will provide the materials for participants to create their own journal to take home.  This program is free and suitable for ages 5+ (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).  Click here to learn more and register.  



Live Oak Sale

Airlie Gardens is pleased to partner with Penderlea Farms to bring you another chance to purchase a Live Oak tree grown from acorns harvested from some of Airlie's beautiful specimen trees.  Trees will be available to purchase online June 1-8 and may be picked up at Airlie on June 13.  Proceeds from the sale benefit the Airlie Oak Fund.  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.

June Events

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

June 7, 14, 21, 28: 2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

June 15: 9:30-10:30am
Nature Journaling
Long Leaf Park
Pre-registration required

June 18: 9-10:30am
Beginner Birding
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

June 23: 2-3pm
Pollinator Garden Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

June 24: 10:30-11:30am
Family Sun Printing
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only


Airlie Gardens

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

Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Sat, June 11
Parkwood Park

Wed, June 15
Location TBD

Learn more at


Career Opportunities

-Grounds Maintenance Worker

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



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone