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Airlie Gardens is excited to bring back Family Fun Night this year!  Family Fun Night is a special after-hours event celebrating families, friends and everybody's favorite goose dog Reilly!  This year's event will feature games, educational booths and activities, food trucks and live music with the Broccoli Brothers Circus!  Tickets are $5/person in advance and $9/person on event day.  Ages 3+ must purchase a ticket.  Get your tickets today before they sell out at AirlieGardens.org!



Bird Walk at Smith Creek Park

Join us on July 8 from 8-9:30am for a stroll around Smith Creek Park to see what's flying.  Participants will learn basic birding skills as we look for resident and migrating birds.  No experience is necessary - beginners are welcome.  Program is FREE, but pre-registration is required.  Click here to learn more and register


Hoppy Times

Airlie Gardens Annual Art Exhibit

Celebrating 10 years of art exhibits, this year's exhibit Hoppy Times will feature 10 oversized fiberglass rabbits!  Each rabbit has been uniquely decorated, painted and adorned by a select group of artists.  The exhibit is included in garden admission and will be on display July 8-December 31, 2022.  More Information



More Aqua Aerobics!

Echo Farms Park has added more aqua aerobics classes to the schedule!  In July, we'll have an evening and weekend class in addition to our weekday classes.

July Aqua Aerobics Schedule
Monday:  10-10:45am
Wednesday:  12-12:45pm
Thursday:  6-7pm
Saturday:  8-9am

We also have Aqua Stretching, Meditation & Active Recovery classes Mondays at 12pm and Wednesdays/Fridays at 10am.

Cost to participate is $3/class and all levels of fitness are welcome.  Pre-registration is recommended - classes are likely to fill up. Click here to learn more and register



Pollinator Garden Walks

Join educators at 2pm on the first and third Thursdays of each month through October 27 for a guided walk through Airlie Gardens' Pollinator Garden.  Participants will learn why pollinators are important and how native plants provide for native wildlife.  All ages are welcome.  Cost is $9/adults, $5/New Hanover County residents & military, $3/children (4-12) and free for Airlie Members.  Pre-registration is required at AirlieGardens.org.


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Parks Updates

Ogden Skatepark Bowl
Grindline Skatepark Design & Construction is currently replacing the skatepark bowl.  Construction is expected to continue through August 2022.  Portions of the skatepark will remain open during construction, however, we do expect intermittent closures of the entire skatepark during this process.  

Hanover Pines Nature Park
The county is now accepting bids for construction of the new park through July 28 at 3pm. 

Northern Regional Park Trail
Construction of the new paved walking trail at Northern Regional Park will begin later this month.

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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.

July Events

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

July 5, 12, 19, 26: 2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

July 7, 21: 2-3pm
Pollinator Garden Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

July 8: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Smith Creek Park
Pre-registration required

July 14: 6-7:30pm
Going Batty
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

July 20:  10-10:30am
Meet the Locals Native Wildlife Program
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

July 20: 6-8pm
Nature Trivia
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

July 22:  9am-12pm
Park Pop-Up
Long Leaf Park
FREE- Drop in

July 23: 5-8pm
Family Fun Night
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

July 27: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

July 29: 8-10pm
Mystical Moths
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
Wed, July 20
Location TBD

Learn more at


Career Opportunities

-Grounds Maintenance Worker
-Parks Attendant

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



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New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone