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Did you know?  Pollinators are a vital component of our ecosystem, and an essential link to the world's food supply.  That's one of the many reasons why it's so important to learn about them and protect them, and that's why Parks & Gardens is participating in the Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz this September.

What is a BioBlitz?  The Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz is an event where community members work with parks staff to create a snapshot of the variety of wildlife found in local parks.  The information gathered during the month will help us understand how we can better protect pollinators in our community.  

Participants may join our team on the iNaturalist app and upload photos taken on their own throughout the month, and/or you can attend one of our organized BioBlitz events for an introduction to iNaturalist and to spend some time taking photos in the following parks:

Sunday, September 11: 1:30-3:30pm
Cape Fear Museum Park

Sunday, September 25:  9am-12pm
Smith Creek Park



Echo Farms Pool - September Schedule

We are extending the pool season through September!  The pool will be closed August 29 through September 2 as our lifeguards head back to school, but we will be open on weekends the following hours through September 25:

Adult Lap Swim:  9am-12pm
Public Swim:  12-6pm

Public Swim:  12-6pm

Aqua Aerobics Schedule
Monday:  10-11am (no class Sept 5)
Wednesday:  12-1pm
Thursday:  6-7pm

We will be open on Labor Day, September 5 with Adult Lap Swim 9am-12pm and Public Swim 12-6pm.

*Current season passes will be valid through the end of the pool season

Click here to take our Summer 2022 Pool Survey



Move Forward Go Further

A quarter-cent public transportation sales tax will be on the November 2022 ballot for New Hanover County citizens to vote on.  The purpose of the tax is to provide a dedicated source of revenue to expand and enhance our community's networks for bicycling, walking, and public transportation, including:

  • Bike and pedestrian multi-use paths and 
  • Crosswalks and safety improvements for
  • Wave Transit innovations and increased
  • Funding toward the Rail Realignment

The sales tax would bring in approximately $14 million a year through goods purchased.  It would equate to approximately 25 cents per every $100 spent, and the tax would not apply to items like groceries, fuel, and prescriptions.  

Learn more at TrailsTransitNHC.com



Parks Updates

Arrowhead Park Pickleball Court Conversion
The tennis courts at Arrowhead Park are currently being converted to dedicated pickleball courts, so we will have pickleball courts in the northern and southern parts of the county!  

Northern Regional Park Trail
Construction of a new 1.7-mile multipurpose trail at Northern Regional Park in Castle Hayne is underway.  We expect completion of the trail by year's end.  

Ogden Skatepark
The new Ogden Skatepark bowl is nearing completion.

Get the latest Parks & Gardens news at Parks.NHCgov.com


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.

September Events

Sept 1, 29: 2-3pm
Pollinator Garden Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

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

Sept 7, 14: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Sept 7:  10-10:30am
Meet the Locals Native Wildlife Program
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Sept 9: 6:30-8pm
Evening Naturalist Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

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


Sept 11:  1:30-3:30pm
Pollinators BioBlitz
Cape Fear Museum Park
FREE- Pre-registration recommended

Sept 15: 6-7:30pm
Planting for Pollinators
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Sept 21: 8-9:30am
Accessible Bird Outing
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Sept 23: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Smith Creek Park
FREE- Pre-registration recommended

Sept 25:  9am-12pm
Pollinators BioBlitz
Smith Creek Park
FREE- Pre-registration recommended

Sept 26: 10am-12pm
Homeschool Day
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, Sept 10
Parkwood Park

Learn more at


Career Opportunities

-Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
-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