Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture


The Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department works to enhance the lives of citizens and visitors by providing great parks, natural areas and recreational experiences, from sports leagues and fitness classes to summer camps and art classes. Don't see what you like? Make a suggestion!  

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Whimsical Birds 30x30 Mixed Media
Come out on Saturday, April 29, for the next 'Tawba Walk, a multidimensional, eclectic art crawl, which snakes through the heart of Cornelius featuring dozens of local vendors, live street performances, shopping, amazing food trucks and more, showcasing the best Cornelius and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Also on April 29, be sure to stop by the Cornelius Arts Center gallery from 4-6 p.m. to view the Imaginative Approach exhibition and meet artist Liliana D'ambra.

Boreas Spring into art with PARC at ART IN THE OPEN and the Beyond Walls Public Art Opening Reception on Saturday, May 6, 4-6 p.m. Fun for the whole family - meet the artists and enjoy arts & crafts, Holly Hopkins Jazz Band, local group performances and more!
PHR 2017
Register now for the 2017 Scotts-MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Local Competition on Saturday, May 6, 3:45 p.m. It's a free event for boys and girls, ages 7 to 14.
Cornelius 2nd Annual Race
Registration has begun for the 2017 Cornelius Trail Run, to be held on Saturday, May 13, in conjunction with the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway Celebration, Lake Norman Bike Expo, and community bike ride. The 2.6-mile race/run/walk is open to walkers and runners ages 5 and up. 
Summer Camps 2017 Registration for our 2017 Summer Camps is now open! Choose from over 130 camps featuring a variety of sports, arts, and recreation themes for ages 4-16.
Spring classes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Registration is underway for our Spring Session B of classes and workshops, with classes beginning the week of April 24.  
Fitness group View our list of Arts, Athletics, Fitness Classes & Recreation programs. Register now for the next sessions of our popular fitness classes!
Gift Certificate Looking for a unique gift for friends or family? A gift certificate from PARC is always the right size! Gift certificates can be used for classes or merchandise at the Cornelius Arts Center, full-day and partial-day summer camps, fitness classes & more. 
Facility Image We offer a variety of Parks, Recreation & Arts Centers, and Trails & Greenways for your enjoyment. Read more about renting a shelter, field or court