Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Facility & Program Information

UPDATE April 3, 2020:  All public and private boat ramps are CLOSED to motorized boats in compliance with New Hanover County State of Emergency 2nd Amendment.  This means all county launches for motorized watercraft are CLOSED (including River Road and Trails End Parks).  Launches for non-motorized watercraft (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, etc.) remain OPEN at this time.  Click here to read the full release

UPDATE April 2, 2020:  Public and private tennis and pickleball courts in all of New Hanover County, including the City of Wilmington and all beach towns, are CLOSED to ensure consistency across the county. This includes the county’s public tennis courts at Hugh MacRae Park, Echo Farms, Veterans Park, Arrowhead Park and Ogden Park, as well as the county’s pickleball courts at Northern Regional Park and Veterans Park.

County Parks
Park walking trails and open spaces are open to the public for the time being with normal operating hours.  Social distance guidelines must be followed – park visitors should keep at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others at all times, and no gatherings of more than 10 people may occur.  *All restrooms are CLOSED until further notice.

Airlie GardensCLOSED.  Visit for more details.

ArboretumCLOSED.  Visit for more details.

Athletic FieldsCLOSED, and all reservations have been canceled until further notice.

Basketball Courts – CLOSED

Boat/Kayak Launches

  • Launches for motorized watercraft are CLOSED – including River Road and Trails End Parks
  • Launches for non-motorized watercraft (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, etc.) are OPEN

Disc Golf Courses – OPEN

Dog Parks – CLOSED

Echo Farms – CLOSED

Exercise Equipment/Outdoor Gyms – CLOSED

Ogden Skatepark – OPEN

Pickleball Courts – CLOSED

Picnic Shelters
All shelter reservations have been canceled through April 30.  It is unknown how long public events will be suspended, therefore, we will not be making any reservations in person, by phone or online until further notice.

Playgrounds – CLOSED

Programs, Activities & Events
All county-sponsored programs, activities and events are suspended until further notice.  Click here for fun educational activities your family can do at home.  Parks & Gardens staff will be posting activities you can do at home on our website and facebook page.

Restrooms – CLOSED

Tennis Courts – CLOSED

County walking trails remain OPEN at this time.  Please follow the guidelines of social distancing while using any public facility.

*The track at UNCW is CLOSED to the public until further notice.

Volleyball Courts – CLOSED

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