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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

County Parks:
Open regular hours

Airlie Gardens & Echo Farms Park:
Closed November 24

Parks & Gardens Offices:
Closed November 24 & 25



Enchanted Airlie 

Since 2005, guests have visited Airlie Gardens to take in the sparkling sights and festive sounds of the holiday season.  Event dates for this year's Enchanted Airlie include November 25 & 26, and December 2-22.  There will be five reservation times per evening:  5:30-6:30pm, 6:30-7:30pm, 7:30-8:30pm and 8:30-9:30pm.  A carload ticket (which includes parking and admission for all passengers in one standard-size vehicle) is $30, and tickets go on sale to the public at 9am on November 2.  Tickets will sell out quickly, and may be purchased onsite or online at AirlieGardens.org.  


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Volunteer Opportunity - Pinecone Posse

Is your business or organization looking for a fun, outdoor volunteer opportunity?  Parks & Gardens is looking for groups to help us keep Long Leaf Park clean by picking up pinecones.  We love our pine trees, but they leave a mess of pinecones which makes it difficult for our staff to mow the grass.  This opportunity is available throughout the year and can last 2-4 hours, depending on how much time you have.  We provide all the supplies.  Contact jorich@nhcgov.com for more information or to sign up.  



iNaturalist Walk at Pages Creek Park Preserve

With the iNaturalist app, users can record their nature observations, get help with identifications and access the observations of other users.  In this program on November 18 from 10-11am, participants will learn how to use the app, and go on a guided walk to learn about and document the local flora and fauna in the preserve.  Program is free and pre-registration is recommended at Parks.NHCgov.com.



Parks Updates

Long Leaf Park
The tennis courts at Long Leaf Park have been resurfaced and are open for play.

Arrowhead Pickleball Courts
Construction of the new pickleball courts at Arrowhead Park is underway and is expected to be completed in early November.  

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.

November Events

Nov 5: 10am-12pm
Seed Saving & Rubber Stamping
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Nov 6: 9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

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

Nov 18: 10-11am
iNaturalist Walk
Pages Creek Park Preserve
Pre-registration recommended

Nov 19: 10-11:30am
Guided History Tour
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

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

Airlie Gardens

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

*The gardens will close at 4pm to prepare for Enchanted Airlie Nov 25-26 & Dec 2-22

Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.

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