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Aqua Stretch

Echo Farms Pool - August Aqua Stretch/Relax Classes

  If you're looking for a great way to exercise with less wear and tear on your joints, our Aqua Stretch/Relax classes might be exactly what you need. Classes are for all levels of fitness and cost just $3 to attend. 

Aqua Stretch/Relax Schedule
Monday, Wednesday & Friday:  10-11am
Thursday:  6-7pm

  Pre-registration is recommended as classes are likely to fill up. Register here.

Echo Farms Pool Hours:

Public Swim
Monday - Friday
11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday
9:00am - 6:00pm

Adult Lap Swim
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
7:00am - 9:30am
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Day Pass: $2/child (17 & under); $4 Adult (18+)

Please Note: Pool hours are subject to change due to weather, maintenance or other unforeseen events. We will post all updates on our Facebook and Instagram pages.


Great Southeast Pollinator Census

  Join our environmental educators as we partner with Southeast Pollinators and participate in the 2023 Great Southeast Pollinator Census count on August 18 and 19. The pollinator census allows us to appreciate the insects that help make our world so great! Our educators will provide a brief lesson on the importance of pollinators, and then walk participants through how to participate in the survey. This program is suitable for ages 8 and up. Register Here!

Senior Tennis Clinic

Senior Tennis Clinic

   In partnership with the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association, there will be a Senior Doubles Clinic held at Echo Farms Park beginning Wednesday, August 2 from 9-10:00am.  This clinic is geared toward 60 and over players of all levels. It's a great clinic to socialize and meet other seniors! The cost to attend is $60. To register: Click Here. 

River Road Pier Reopens

River Road Pier Now Open

  After several years of being closed due to the destruction of Hurricane Isaias, the River Road Pier has reopened. The pier, located at 6500 River Road, is getting its fair share of use in just its first week of reopening.

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 2:  8-9:30pm
Mystical Moths
Airlie Gardens

Aug 5: 10-11:30am
Guided History Tour
Airlie Gardens

Aug 6: 9am-5pm
New Hanover County Resident Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

Aug 15, 22 & 29: 10-10:30am
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens

Aug 9: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens

Aug 11: 6-8:00pm
Summer Concert - Bibis Ellison
Airlie Gardens

Aug 12:  9am-12pm
Smith Creek Park Bird Walk
Smith Creek Park
FREE with pre-registration

Aug 16: 5:30-7:30pm
Hops and Talks Series: “Brews & Birds”
Airlie Gardens

Aug 17: 8-9:30am
Accessible Birding
Airlie Gardens

Aug 18: 1-2:30am
Great Southeastern Pollinator Census
Airlie Gardens

Aug 18: 6-8:00pm
Summer Concert - Brown Dirt Cowboys
Airlie Gardens

Aug 19: 10-11:30am
Guided History Tour
Airlie Gardens

Aug 19: 1-2:30pm
Great Southeastern Pollinator Census
Airlie Gardens

Aug 23: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens

Aug 30: 7-8:30pm
Evening Birding
Airlie Gardens 

Airlie Gardens

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

Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone