Airlie Gardens closed Oct. 19 to complete innovative Stormwater Project

Posted October 15, 2020 at 11:39 am     Category: News ReleaseParks and Gardens

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County’s Airlie Gardens will complete the final phase of stormwater improvements on Monday, October 19 and the gardens will be closed to the public on that day in order for the work to be finished.

The work is expected to take only one day and the gardens will re-open to the public on Tuesday, October 20. Any changes to the closure will be posted on Airlie’s website,, and to Airlie’s Facebook page.

This innovative stormwater project was funded by grants from the North Carolina Land and Water Fund (formerly the Clean Water Management Trust Fund), the North Carolina Department of Justice Environmental Enhancement Grant program and the Airlie Gardens Foundation. The project included:

  • Constructing a larger forebay to capture more stormwater runoff
  • Stream stabilization and restoration
  • Cypress Stand planting
  • Dredging of the Airlie Lake
  • Creating deeper pockets within the lake for habitat

Airlie Gardens is a watershed and takes in millions of gallons of stormwater each year. This project was designed to enhance the garden’s ability to handle stormwater and also maintain the historic and environmental qualities, namely, the lake’s natural habitat and the pictorial open water. The project took just over three years and is part of Airlie’s Stormwater Master Plan, which will help ensure the health of the Airlie Lake and the ability of the gardens to handle stormwater runoff in the most effective way possible.

Most recently, this stormwater project won a 2020 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award, recognizing it for its innovation and importance for the environment.


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Janine Powell
(910) 798-7703

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