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

Summer Camps 2016 Logo Summer camp registration is open! Explore our selection of over 130 half-day and mini camps for ages 3-16, concentrating on a variety of sports, art mediums and recreational activities. 
 Run to Remember Logo 2016 Registration is now open for our first-ever 5K and fun run: Run to Remember on Friday, June 17. The  race will begin and end at Westmoreland Athletic Complex and wind along the McDowell Creek Greenway and through Robbins Park. Proceeds will benefit the Cornelius 9/11 Monument.
Pottery Wheel
Explore the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits (now on exhibit: Talons), classes and workshops for all ages. Registration for our summer adult classes in ceramics and watercolor painting is now open. Read more.
 Symphony in the Park & Fireworks
It's our biggest and brightest event of the year: Symphony in the Park! Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets as we "Celebrate America" with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Saturday, June 25, at Bailey Road Park. The gates will open at 6 p.m. for a night of music followed by fireworks! 
"Dune" by Edwin White Be sure to check out Beyond Walls, our annual public art exhibition featuring ten amazing sculptures at Robbins Park. Vote for The People's Choice Award! The deadline to vote is June 30.
20-year 2016 marks PARC's 20th Anniversary! In recognition of this milestone, featured events will take place throughout the year. The ongoing celebration will feature the selection of 20 events specifically highlighting our past years of service to the community. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon!
Fitness group
View our list of Arts, Athletics, Fitness Classes & Recreation Programs. Register now for the next sessions of our popular fitness classes!
Give the gift of recreation! 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.
We offer a variety of Parks, Recreation & Arts Centers and Trails & Greenways for your enjoyment. Read more about renting a shelter, field or court.