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New Hanover County
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Art in the Parks
  While strolling through our parks, have you noticed any artwork? We're excited to have commissioned a local  artist to draw some fun, colorful and whimsical characters at various parks. Currently, there is art at Echo Farms, Long Leaf, Northern Regional, Ogden and Smith Creek parks. The artwork pictured above is the latest installment which was just completed at Echo Farms Park. Look out for more artwork to come! We will have a scavenger hunt when all of the artwork has been installed.


 Echo Farms Pool Opening

  We are excited for the opening of the Echo Farms pool on Saturday, May 28th. As was done last year, residents will have the opportunity to purchase a day pass and/or a season pass. Group fitness classes will take place as well beginning in June. (We are in the process of solidifying the dates and times.) 


Spring Yoga Series

   We have 4 more classes coming up this month as part of our six-week Yoga In the Parks series. Each class costs $14 and pre-registration is required. Classes are suitable for all skill levels. Bring your mat and/or towel. Please  arrive 15 minutes before class start time.
   Please click on link(s) below for the dates that you are interested in participating.  

   Airlie Gardens; Monday 5/1 at 5-6pm
   Airlie Gardens; Monday 5/8 at 5-6:00pm
   Long Leaf Park; Monday 5/15 at 8-9am
   Airlie Gardens; Monday 5/22 from 5-6:00pm


Upcoming Bird Walks

   This is a great time of the year for birding. We have several bird walks taking place this month at Airlie Gardens. An accessible birding has also been added. Pre-registration for all is required.
  To register, click on a date below.

     May 10th; 8-9:30am
     May 16th; 8-9:30am (Accessible Birding)
     May 17th; 8-9:30am


May is Older Americans Month

Parks & Gardens will be participating in a FREE Health and Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 17th from 10am - 2pm at the Senior Resource Center.

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.

May Events

May 7: 9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens (Tickets must be reserved in advance.)
Reserve your ticket here.
*Last admission is 4:30pm

May 8: 5-6pm
Yoga In the Gardens
Airlie Gardens
Advanced tickets only

May 10: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets only

May 15: 8-9am
Yoga in the Park
Longleaf Park
Advanced tickets only

May 16: 8-9:30am
Accessible Bird Outing
Airlie Gardens
Pre-registration required.

May 17: 8-9:30pm
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

May 20: 10-11:30am
Guided History Tour
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

May 22: 5-6pm
Yoga in the Gardens
Airlie Gardens; $14
Advance tickets only

May 25: 
Tree Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

May 30: 10am-12pm
Homeschool Day
Airlie Gardens
Pre-registration required.

Museums for All


Airlie Gardens is a proud participant.
Click here for more information.


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

Or click the following QR code:

Reservations QR Code

New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone