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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SummerCamps2018Logo_Color Registration for our 2018 Summer Camps is underway. We have 8 full-day camps and over 110 half-day camps in sports, arts and recreation. Register today!
brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Registration is now open for Summer A & B Sessions, five-week adult classes beginning the weeks of June 4 and July 23!
Fitness group View our list of Arts, Athletics, Fitness Classes & Recreation programs. Register now for the next sessions of our popular fitness classes! We also offer drop-in classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays!
 Amy Hart 8 Now on exhibit in the Cornelius Arts Center Gallery, By Land...By Sea, featuring found object sculptor, Amy Hart and guest potters Renee Calder, Rae Stark and Valerie Hawkins. We encourage everyone to visit this wonderful, imaginative show on display through June 8.
 Fireworks Bring your blankets and chairs and join us at the Bailey Road Park Bandshell for Symphony in the Park & Fireworks, an evening with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, June 23, 6-10 p.m.  The free KidZone will be open from 6 - 8 p.m. Concessions and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
Beyond Walls 2018 Visit Robbins Park and experience our 4th Annual Public Art Exhibition, Beyond Walls featuring 11 sculptures by 9 artists.  These amazing, whimsical artworks will be on display throughout 2018!  Be sure to cast your vote for your favorite sculpture before June 30. The winning artist will win a $1,000 cash prize!
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