Parks & Recreation


The Town of Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation programs and activities have been suspended until conditions allow for them to resume.  When that occurs, we will send notice to those individuals who are on our email list and we will update the website.  If you would like to receive email notices, please let us know via email.  Whether or not we resume activities is dependent upon state and local restrictions as they pertain to COVID-19 as well as recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.    

Wrightsville Beach Park playground, fitness equipment, and basketball court nets are currently unavailable for use.  However, the park fields, tennis courts/pickleball courts, restroom facility, and parking lots are open.  The park office is open for business as well.  Sand wheelchair reservations and pickleball equipment rental has resumed.

The Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market opened Monday, June 1 and will continue each Monday, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm through September 28.  Please click the "Farmers' Market" link to the left for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Ryan, Recreation Program Supervisor, via email or call 910-256-7925.  



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 Parks & Recreation.

Parking at the Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
March 1st - October 31st

Parking in the Municipal Complex which includes Town Hall, Wrightsville Beach Park, and the Wrightsville Beach Museum, requires a pay station receipt in order to park in these areas.  Paid parking is enforced from 
March 1st through October 31st, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily at the rate of $3.00 per hour.  However, 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, across from the main entrance of Town Hall, and at the Museum and Visitor Center (see map). 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 as indicated on the map (link below). This area is not a pay-to-park area and a parking receipt is not required on 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, Municipal Complex, Museum, and Visitor Center.

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 in Wrightsville Beach Park from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 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 at 6:00 pm.  The Flotilla has grown to become one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and a must see family event!
WBPR Navy Water Drop Logo 1 TRANSPARENT