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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What's Happening

Open Track Ready to get a jump start on your New Year's resolution? The regulation-sized track and the athletic field at Bailey Road Park will be open to the public on Tuesdays & Thursdays in January, 6-8 p.m. Come out, get moving, and enjoy our lighted track and field for a safe place to exercise! 
Home Grown CALL FOR ARTISTS! Get ready to submit your entry for Home Grown, our annual local art showcase. This non-juried show features a variety of works by artists from Cornelius and surrounding areas. All entries are due January 9-19 during business hours.  
Don't miss the opening reception on Friday, February 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Pottery Wheel Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Registration for our Winter Session of classes and workshops is underway! Classes begin this week! 
HeART pARTy Join us at the Cornelius Arts Center on Saturday, February 11, 9:30-11:30 a.m. for our annual HeART pARTy. Enjoy Valentine's Day card-making, arts & crafts and refreshments at this free, family-friendly event! Want more? Children ages 4-6 can register for Valentine Ceramic Arts on Saturday, January 28, 9:30-11 a.m.!
Sport Registration Even though it is still wintertime, January and February are the months to register for spring sports! Use these links for more information or registration for: baseball, lacrosse, soccer, girls' softball, adult softball, senior softball, tee ball, and volleyball. We also offer tennis every month of the year!
basketball coaching If your child is one of the nearly 900 participants in the Cornelius-Davidson Youth Basketball League, be sure to check our basketball webpage throughout the season for standings, schedule updates and more!
Doster_FebruaryWind Be sure to check out Beyond Walls, our annual public art exhibition featuring ten amazing sculptures at Robbins Park. This program was recently recognized with the 2016 Arts & Humanities Award by the NC Park & Recreation Association! 
CALL FOR ARTISTS! We are now accepting proposals for Beyond Walls 2017-18.
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. 
Smithville Park picnic shelter We offer a variety of Parks, Recreation & Arts Centers, and Trails & Greenways for your enjoyment. Read more about renting a shelter, field or court