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!  

Keep up:

View current and archived editions of our monthly e-newsletter.

What's Happening

Basketball. season Registration for the 22nd season of Cornelius-Davidson Youth Basketball is open through October 28, or until full. For girls, ages 5-15, & boys, ages 5-18. Looking for service hours? We need volunteer timers & scorekeepers, too!
brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Online registration for Fall B Session is underway for five-week adult and youth classes beginning the week of October 29. Wednesday youth classes will be four-weeks and will begin on November 7. 
Pickleball Rocks Register for our Free Pickleball Clinics and learn the basics of this fast-growing, family-friendly sport on Tuesday, October 16. The youth clinic will start at 6 p.m. & there's still room! The 7 p.m. teen/adult clinic is sold out. Due to the weather forecast, this event has been moved indoors to JV Washam Recreation Center.
Laketoberfest Bring your family and join us at Laketoberfest for a fun afternoon including craft beers from NC breweries, food trucks, live music, local artisans, family play zone, and more! Saturday, October 20, 4-9 p.m. at Bailey Road Park.
Halloween Party.1 Join us at the Cornelius Arts Center for our Preschool Halloween Party, Monday, October 22, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., for ages 3 to 6. Enjoy a morning full of spooky fun & don't forget to wear your costume! This event is free, but space is limited.       
Pre-registration is required.
 Hooked on Cornelius Join us at the Robbins Park Upper Pond, Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  for the fall edition of Hooked on Cornelius! Participants can enjoy fishing, environmental education, and more. Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate with their children. Registration is required for this free event and open to the first 40 registered participants, ages 7-12.
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!
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!
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