Parks & Recreation

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Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation is continually seeking opportunities to enhance the park settings and to maximize recreational opportunities. We strive to provide services and leisure opportunities that will contribute significantly toward the physical, social and emotional well being of the community. Click here to read more about the history of the Parks & Recreation Department.

Town of Wrightsville Beach Tree Lighting Ceremony


Friday, November 24, 2017 

Come see Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s Elves at the annual Town of Wrightsville Beach Tree Lighting Ceremony held at Wrightsville Beach Town Hall, 321 Causeway Drive. Enjoy Christmas music, a musical performance by the Elf Patrol, hot chocolate, and the memory-making moment of your child’s visit with Santa! Professional photography by Stephanie Savas Photography. Kick off the holiday season and the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla weekend at this fun-filled annual event. Click here for more information.

North Carolina Holiday Flotilla


Saturday, November 25, 2017


The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla celebration will begin with the Festival in the Park in Wrightsville Beach Park, where you can shop over 100 vendors, stroll through the car show, enjoy music, food, fun activities for the kids and more! That evening, enjoy the Boat Parade followed by an exciting fireworks display. Arrive early as the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge will be raised at 6:00 p.m. to allow the boats to travel down the Intracoastal Waterway to the Banks Channel parade route.

  • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Festival in the Park at Wrightsville Beach Park
  • 6:00 p.m. Boat Parade followed by fireworks in Banks Channel

Wrightsville Beach Holiday Decorating Contest


Tuesday, December 19, 2018


Deck the halls, light up the island, and show your holiday spirit! You could even win a prize! Any Wrightsville Beach Residence or Business is eligible to participate. Please keep in mind that a list of the entries will be published to allow holiday enthusiasts to tour the beach and enjoy the decorations through the holiday season. Therefore, decorations must be visible from the street. To register your home or business, call the Parks & Recreation office at 910-256-7925. Deadline to register is noon on Tuesday, December 19th. Click here for more information. Entrants are judged starting at 5:30 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

  • Most Creative
  • Most Traditional
  • Most Holiday Spirit
  • Best Holiday Lighting
  • Best Overall Residence
  • Best Overall Business

Parking at Wrightsville Beach Park and Town Hall
May 1st - September 15th

 
On February 11, 2016, the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen approved changes to parking in Wrightsville Beach Park in an effort to prevent business and beach use parking in the park and to keep parking available for park users. Parking at Wrightsville Beach Park and Town Hall will require a pay station receipt in order to park in these areas from May 1st through September 15th, 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. daily at the rate of $2.50 per hour.  The first two hours of parking are free with a valid parking receipt which must be displayed on the vehicle dash.  You may obtain a parking receipt from one of the pay stations that are located by the softball field, park restroom/tennis court area, and across from the main entrance of Town Hall. If you select more than two hours at the pay station, you will not be charged for the first two hours. If you select two hours or less, but find you will be staying longer, you may return to the pay station and obtain a new parking receipt with another two free hours.  Wrightsville Beach Residents may display their residential hang tag in lieu of a parking receipt. 

If you hold a reservation for facility use in Wrightsville Beach Park, you are entitled to use the Event Parking Lot. This area is not a pay-to-park area and a parking receipt is not required in the vehicle dash. If you choose to park in a paid parking lot, you will be required to pay for parking as described above, even with a facility reservation.

Parking areas and pay stations in Wrightsville Beach Park and Municipal Grounds

Wrightsville Beach Park Inclusive Playground


Thanks to a $300,000 grant from Trillium Health Resources in 2016, the Town of Wrightsville Beach has a beautiful inclusive playground!  For information or access to the wheelchair swing, please contact the Parks and Recreation office at 910-256-7925.

 Play components include:
~ Aero Glider ~ Wheelchair Swing
~ Slides (6) ~ Wacky Log
~ Spin Cups ~ Cozy Cocoon
~ Quattro See-Saw ~ Rockblocks Climbing Tunnel
~ Unity Dome ~ Swings (2 each) infant, belt, & accessible
~ Cruise Line ~ Ladder and Rope Climbers
~ A Variety of Sensory Components

Exercise equipment includes:
~ Power & Agility Step Exercise Station
~ Core, Torso, & Balance Exercise Station
Annual Parks & Recreation Events
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Wrightsville Beach Valentine 10k


Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
View route map (PDF)

For 2017 Wrightsville Beach Valentine 10k race results go to: www.its-go-time.com/wbvalentine10k
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25th Annual Bark in the Park


Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11:00 am (rain date Sunday, October 7th at 1:00 pm). Everyone is welcome to enjoy this free, unique event and applaud the talented canine athletes. Competitors need no previous experience. Stay tuned for more information!

More Information and Recreational Opportunities



Planning an event on Wrightsville Beach? Planned outdoor group activities, such as weddings, sporting events, meetings, organized entertainment or celebrations on Wrightsville Beach public property require a Special Event Permit.
 
The John Nesbitt Loop, better known as "The Loop", is a 2.45 mile loop around the heart of Wrightsville Beach.  This sidewalk trail offers scenic views, restrooms located in Wrightsville Beach Park, water fountains, pet water fountains, and pet waste disposal bags.  Come enjoy the outdoors with a walk or run along the ever popular Loop!
 
The award-winning Harbor Island Garden Club is actively involved in community beautification and environmental improvements throughout Wrightsville Beach.  Visit the Club's website to learn how you too can become involved and help support their efforts. 

The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, which began over thirty years ago, occurs each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.  The festivities begin at Day in the Park with it's variety of craft and food vendors along with activities for youth and adults.  After a Day in the Park, enjoy the beautiful lights of the Flotilla Boat Parade and Fireworks display kicking off the holiday season.  The Flotilla has grown to become one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and a must see family event!
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