Beautification event at Hugh MacRae Park kicks off plant an azalea initiative

Posted May 15, 2014 at 8:54 am     Category: News ReleaseParks and Gardens

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Calling all Volunteers! Come out to Hugh MacRae Park Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the Parks Conservancy of New Hanover County’s first beautification event. Sign up to become a Parks Star and help keep New Hanover County Parks beautiful. Parks Star volunteers will work on the two entrances to Hugh MacRae Park and the sign that borders Oleander Drive. We need help planting, mulching, and general sprucing up! Meet at shelter 5 at 9 a.m. to help.

Saturday’s event also kicks off the Plant an Azalea project- a joint effort by the Parks Conservancy of New Hanover County and the Cape Fear Garden Club Civic Improvements Committee. During the first week of April cards went on sale that enable you to purchase an azalea(s) in honor of or in memory of someone. You purchase the card, send it to the person you want to recognize and the funds go into the Plant an Azalea fund with the Parks Conservancy. Cards are available for purchase year-round and are available at the Airlie Gardens Gift Shop, the Parks office, and Urban Revival on Castle Street. The Parks Star volunteers will be planting the first azaleas purchased through this initiative.


To care for and improve New Hanover County’s parks. By doing so, we improve more than the county’s beauty. We improve its health, community and economic strength.

Did you know that New Hanover County maintains more than 1,500 acres of parks and athletic fields? Imagine our county with no athletic fields, walking trials, playgrounds, tennis courts, boat ramps- the list goes on and on. Our active coastal lifestyle is just not possible without access to clean, well-maintained parks facilities. The New Hanover County Parks Conservancy was established to make sure our parks thrive and grow to meet the needs in one of the most populated, fastest growing counties in the state. We are advocates too-making sure that people know what is available to them and that their support is vital and creating citizen scientists with our environmental education programs. How will we accomplish our goals? By establishing ways for people to give, get involved, and get into the parks!


Release Contact:

Janine Powell
(910) 798-7703

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