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Echo Farms Pool

   The Echo Farms Park pool is now open for the season! As in previous years, we are offering family/public swim time, adult lap swim and group fitness classes. See below for the schedule.

Family/Public Swim
Monday: 11-6pm
Tuesday: 11-5pm
Wed-Sun: 11-6pm

Adult Lap Swim
Mon, Tues & Thurs: 7-9am

Pool Fees
Daily Pass: $4/Adult (Age 18+)  /  $2/Children (17 & under)

Season Pass
$175/Family (2 adults + dependents living in the same household)
  To purchase your season pass or to sign up for one of our group fitness classes listed below, Click Here.

PLEASE NOTE: Pool hours are subject to change due to weather, maintenance or other unforeseen issues. We will post all updates on our Echo Farms and main Parks & Gardens Facebook Pages.

Group Fitness Classes

   We will also have group fitness classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays at the times listed below.

      Aqua Aerobics - Mondays: 10:00-10:45am
      Aqua Walking - Tuesdays: 10:00-10:45am
      Aqua Yoga - Thursdays: 10:00-10:45am
      Aqua Interval - Saturdays: 9:00-9:45am

  Cost to participate is $3/class and all levels of fitness are welcome. Pre-registration is recommended as classes are likely to fill up.
  The Senior Resource Center also has water aerobics classes at Echo Farms on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Registration is done by calling their reservation line at: (910) 798-6450.


Butterfly Releases

Airlie Gardens will have butterfly releases at 10:00am every Tuesday beginning June 4 through September 10.  An educator will be on hand to discuss the life cycle of a butterfly and the different types of butterflies you can see in the house that week. Butterflies will then be released into the Butterfly House. This event usually sells out so reserve your ticket(s) early. Learn more and register at AirlieGardens.org.

Concert Series

Airlie Concert Series Begins This Month

The Airlie concert series begins June 7 and runs through September 6. All concert parking is offsite at the Northeast Library located at 1241 Military Cutoff Trail. The off-site parking lot is to be used by individual & family members as well as upper level guests (with guest passes) driving separately and general admission ticket holders. (We are also Uber and Lyft friendly.) Please Click here for more information such as dates, band information and cost. 


This month, the Spotlight is On... Arrowhead Park

   Located in the southern end of the county, (720 Arnold Road), Arrowhead Park is one of our neighborhood parks. It has amenities for visitors of all ages such as a full basketball court, disc golf course, gaga ball court, multi-purpose field, pickleball courts, playground, as well as a shelter which can be used on a first-come, first-served basis. 
   For more information on this and other parks, go to our website: Parks.NHCgov.com.


Airlie Gardens Volunteer Open House
  Join us as an Airlie Volunteer! As a 67 acre public garden open year-round, we could not operate without amazing volunteers! The open house takes place on Friday, May 31st from 10am-2pm. For more information and to RSVP, contact Aryn Turner at (910) 798-7566 or aturner@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.

June Events

*Pre-Registration Required
*All events held at Airlie Gardens

June 1: 10:00am-11:30am
Guided History Tour

June 2: 9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

June 4, 11, 18 & 25: 10:00am
Butterfly Release

June 5: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Hops & Talks: Birds

June 6: 2:00pm-2:30pm
Pollinator Garden Walk

June 12: 8am-9:30am
Bird Walk

June 13: 8:00am-9:30am
Accessible Birding

June 15: 9:30am-11:00am
Nature Art: Animal Track Stamps

June 15: 10:00am-11:30am
Guided History Tour

June 19: 7:30pm-9:00pm
Going Batty!

June 20: 2:00pm-2:30pm
Pollinator Garden Walk

June 26: 8:00am-9:30am
Bird Walk

Airlie Gardens

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


Echo Farms Park Junior Clinics

 Echo Farms, in conjunction with the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association, will have 4-week clinics for youth starting Wednesday, June 12 - Wednesday, July 3rd. Little Echos, for ages 6-9, will run from 8:30-9:30am and Big Echos, for ages 10-14, will run from 9:30-10:30am. The cost to attend is $50 per child. Pre-registration is required.
   Ages 6-9, Register here; Ages 10-14, Register here.



Going Batty!

Join our environmental educators for a family friendly evening of Bats! You'll learn about why bats are so important to our ecosystem. (Suitable for ages 6 and up) Pre-registration required by clicking here.


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone