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Has anyone counted how many pine trees are in Hugh MacRae Park? What is the park’s history?

Melisa Riley

In the early 1990s it was estimated that Hugh MacRae park had 160 trees per acre, according to Tara Duckworth, director of New Hanover County Parks and Gardens. The park consists of 120 acres, so that is roughly 19,000 trees.

That was shortly before a planned thinning of the trees and, also because of natural effects such as lightning and disease. the park has considerably fewer trees now than in the late 1990s. Duckworth says they do have a replant every year of 100 Longleaf pines and they recently have worked with the Forest Service to combat insect invasions of the park’s trees. Duckworth says a “shot in the dark” estimate of the present number of trees is 7,000.

Duckworth says the county received the land for the park on a deed from the MacRae family in April 1925.


Who is Hugh MacRae?

Has the county ever considered erecting a permanent stage at Hugh MacRae Park?

Whatever happened to the cannon by the playground at Hugh MacRae Park?

Why are there no basketball courts at Hugh MacRae Park?

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