Hanover Pines Nature Park

Hanover Pines Nature Park (formerly known as Battle Park) is a 42.5-acre county-owned property located on Carolina Beach Road, just south of Manassas Drive in southern New Hanover County.  The county is developing the property into a passive county park for the greater community to enjoy.  (scroll down for more information on passive parks).  The Parks & Gardens department worked with a team from Paramounte Engineering, Sage Design, and Sawyer Sherwood & Associate to complete the design of the park, a process that took approximately one year and was completed in November 2020.  The cost for construction of the park is in New Hanover County’s Capital Improvement Plan, and is expected to take place in fiscal year 2021-22.  We will continue to post any updates on the park here and on our facebook page.

Timeline & Updates

August 2021:  The design team is working on obtaining all the necessary permits to begin construction of Hanover Pines Nature Park.  Also, Parks staff is working on the design of the nature inspired playground.  We will share the playground design very soon!

June 7, 2021:  The NHC Board of Commissioners adopted the county’s budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22 which includes the funds to construct Hanover Pines Nature Park.

May 17, 2021:  New Hanover County Commissioners adopted a resolution officially changing the name of Battle Park to Hanover Pines Nature Park.

December 2, 2020:  The design of Battle Park is complete.  Thank you to everyone who played a role in designing this park.  The cost of construction of the park is in New Hanover County’s Capital Improvement Plan and is expected to begin in a few years.

July 30, 2020:  The design team completed a draft layout of the play and discovery area, and an updated draft layout of the park.  Click each image below for a larger view.  These plans are subject to change as the design process progresses.


April 23, 2020:  The design team completed a draft concept layout for Battle Park.  This draft layout shows the locations for parking, dog park, play area, walking trail, picnic shelter, and restrooms.  Additional features will be added as the design progresses.  Click the image to view a larger PDF version.  Please contact the Parks & Gardens office with feedback at (910) 798-7620.

February 4, 2020:  A drop-in Public Open House was held at the Pine Valley Library.  Approximately 70 citizens attended to give input on the park’s design.

January 28, 2020:  The online survey is available January 28-February 14.

January 13, 2020:  A focus group of the New Hanover County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and Battle Park Committee was held to begin the design process.

August 2019:  Design team of Paramounte Engineering, Sage Design, and Sawyer Sherwood & Associate was selected to design Battle Park.

What is a passive park?

A passive park is a park that is principally designed for use in an unstructured or informal way.  It is generally a space that requires minimal development.  Passive recreation refers to recreational activities that do not require special facilities, courses, or fields.  Passive recreation is typically unorganized, unstructured, and non-competitive, and places minimal stress on a site’s resources.  Passive parks can also help to enhance a county’s water quality, preserve wildlife habitats, and protect natural areas.  Passive park amenities may include multi-purpose trails for walking, hiking and biking, nature playgrounds, interpretive learning, outdoor classrooms, and open green space.

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NHC Parks & Gardens Office: 896 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7620 • Fax 910-798-7621
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