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Parks For Pollinators

Did you know?  Pollinators are essential to our ecosystem. Over 75% of the world's flowering plants and 35% of the world's crops rely on pollinators. 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:

Friday, September 15: 10am-12Noon
Airlie Gardens
Saturday, September 30:  10:30am-12Noon
Smith Creek Park


Echo Farms Pool - September Schedule

We are extending the pool season through September!  The pool will be closed August 28 through September 1 as our lifeguards head back to school, but we will be open on weekends the following hours through September 24:

Saturdays & Sundays
Public Swim:  9-6pm

We will be open on Labor Day, September 4
from 11am-6pm for public swim only.

Aqua Stretching Schedule
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:  10-10:45am 
Thursdays:  6-6:45pm

Registration is required for aqua stretching classes. Aqua Stretch Registration

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

Please take a few moments to take our Pool Survey.


Yoga in the Gardens

A six-week yoga series will take place at Airlie Gardens beginning Wednesday, September 13th. The dates and links to register are listed below. 

Wednesday, September 13, 5:30-6:30PM
Monday, September 18, 5:30-6:30PM
Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-6:30PM
Wednesday, October 4, 5:30-6:30PM
Wednesday, October 11, 5:30-6:30PM
Wednesday, October 18, 5:30-6:30PM


Middle & High School Tennis

There will be a beginner level tennis clinic for ages 13-16 held at Ogden Park. This program will take place beginning Wednesday, Sept 6 through Wednesday, Oct 4th, from 5:30-6:30pm. The cost to attend this five-week class is $100. Register Here.

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, 6pm
Concert - Signal Fire
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Sept 2, 16: 10-11:30pm
Guided History Tour
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Sept 3, 9am-5pm
NHC Resident Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

Sept 5 & 12: 10am-10:30am
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Sept 13 & 19: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Sep 16: 10-11:30pm
Guided History Tour
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Sep 21: 8am-9:30am
Accessible Birding
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Airlie Gardens

Open Daily: 9am-5pm
Last admission is 4:30pm Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.


Tennis Clinic

Are you a senior tennis player? We have an upcoming Senior Doubles Clinic at Echo Farms beginning September 13 at Echo Farms Park. This clinic will be run by the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association.  Register here.


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone