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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brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Be sure to check out our one-day winter workshops: Landscape with Acrylics on Saturday, January 26, and Self Portraits with Graphite on Saturday, February 16. Both workshops are 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Open Track
Start 2019 with a healthy new you at open track nights! Every Tuesday & Thursday evening in January and February, from 6-8 p.m., the public is invited to use the lighted track and athletic field at Bailey Road Park located between the park and Bailey Middle School. Come enjoy a safe place to walk, run or throw a ball around.
Drop In & Create Come to the Cornelius Arts Center Mondays & Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and enjoy a variety of mixed-media projects. For preschoolers and homeschoolers ages 3 & up. Children 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register online or pay at the door.  $5 per hour/per child.
LAX Clinic Have your kids wanted to try lacrosse? Xtreme Lacrosse is offering FREE youth lacrosse clinics January 20 or 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at either JV Washam Elementary or Cornelius Elementary, depending on the week. For boys & girls K-5th grade. Participants must be Cornelius residents. Preregistration is required.
Home Grown Home Grown will be on display in the Cornelius Arts Center's gallery from February 1 through March 30. Affordable and beautiful works for sale!  Mark your calendar for the shows opening reception on Friday, February 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Call for Artists Calling all professional artists: Apply for our 5th annual sculpture show, Beyond Walls, by Wednesday, February 6. Beyond Walls is the Town's annual, award-winning public art exhibition. The current show is on display at Robbins Park through January 31. Don't miss it!
Making a Valentines Day Card Your family is invited to drop in at the Cornelius Arts Center for our annual HeART pARTy on Saturday, February 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m. This free event offers Valentine's Day card-making, crafts and refreshments. No registration necessary!
Hike 1 Register now for Outdoor Adventures: Winter Wander to enjoy a free, guided two-mile hike on Sunday, February 10, at 2 p.m. at Robbins Park. Preregistration is encouraged but walk-up registration is also accepted.
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 and Saturdays!
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