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New Hanover County
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New Hanover County's Parks Resource Officer Program was recognized with an Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties (NACo) last month.  The NACo Achievement Awards Program recognizes county government programs that help build, sustain and enhance healthy, safe and vibrant communities.  

The Parks Resource Officer Program is a partnership between NHC Parks & Gardens and Sheriff's Office.  The unit was created in July 2021, and consists of six officers who patrol our county parks facilities.  They help keep our park visitors safe while building relationships with the community.  

We are honored to receive this Achievement Award, and proud of our Parks Resource Officers and the awesome work they do!  Click here to watch the Parks Resource Officer NACo Award video.   



Echo Farms Pool - Extended Hours & August Aqua Aerobics

We're extending our public swim hours on Fridays and Saturdays!  Beginning August 5, the pool will open for public swim at 10am on Fridays and Saturdays!  Saturday adult lap swim will be 7-9:30am.    

August Aqua Aerobics Schedule
Monday:  10-11am
Wednesday:  12-1pm
Thursday:  6-7pm

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



Try Match

In partnership with Greater Wilmington Tennis Association, Echo Farms Park is holding a Try Match session on August 4 from 6-8pm.  Try Match is ideal for adult Try Tennis, Try Play graduates or beginner tennis players who know how to serve, rally and keep score.  Space is limited so register today at wilmingtontennis.com.


Bug Zoo

Meet the Locals - Native Wildlife Program

Beat the heat by visiting the Airlie Gardens classroom at 10am on August 3 and 17 to meet some of southeastern North Carolina’s native wildlife. We will be exploring our terrariums and learning about each animal and all of their adaptions to survive in our area.  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.



Nature Walk at Pages Creek Park Preserve

Join environmental educators for a walk around Pages Creek Park Preserve on August 26 at 9am and learn all about the local flora and fauna that live there!  This walk is approximately one mile on uneven terrain.  Program is FREE, pre-registration is recommended.  Click here to learn more and register



Skatepark Construction

Grindline Skatepark Design & Construction is making progress on the new Ogden Skatepark bowl!  We expect the construction to continue through August 2022.  Visit Parks.NHCgov.com for information and updates.  

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.

August Events

Aug 3, 17:  10-10:30am
Meet the Locals Native Wildlife Program
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Aug 4: 2-3pm
Pollinator Garden Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Aug 5: 9-10:30am
Tree Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Aug 7: 9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

Aug 10: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Aug 12:  9am-12pm
Environmental Education Pop-Up
Long Leaf Park
FREE- Drop in

Aug 16, 23, 30: 2-3pm
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Aug 20: 9-10:30am
Beginner Birding
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Aug 24: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Aug 26: 9-10am
Nature Walk
Pages Creek Park Preserve
Pre-registration recommended


Airlie Gardens

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

Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Wed, Aug 17
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



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone