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

 B18 Champions 2015-16
The Cornelius/Davidson Youth Basketball League is celebrating its 20th season!   Registration is now open for boys, ages 5-18,  and girls, ages 5-14, through October 27 or until full. Don't delay!
 Halloween pumpkins
Celebrate Halloween at the Cornelius Arts Center! Join us for trick-or-treating, seasonal crafts and great photo opportunities on Saturday, October 29, 3-5 p.m.
 Veterans Day The Town of Cornelius has expanded its Veterans Day activities to include a family event prior to our traditional program.  Start the morning at the Cornelius Arts Center, 9-10:30 a.m., making thank you cards and patriotic arts & crafts.  Then head over to the Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza for our Veterans Day Program at 11 a.m.  These events will take place on Friday, November 11.
 CES Opening Our newest park, Cornelius Elementary School Neighborhood Park, is now open. A public hearing will be held Thursday, November 3, 5:30 p.m., to review a petition to rename the park: James Hoyt Wilhelm Memorial Athletic Complex. Read more about Mr. Wilhelm.
Pottery Wheel
Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits (now showing: Adaptation), classes and workshops for all ages. Registration is now open for Fall Session B, beginning the week of October 24 - call us for details!
 Challenger Football We are teaming up with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Department to offer sports and special events to individuals with disabilities. Read more!
"Dune" by Edwin White Be sure to check out Beyond Walls, our annual public art exhibition featuring ten amazing sculptures at Robbins Park.
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.