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

 AA Dog Show 2014
It's time for one of our most popular events of the year - the 16th Annual All American Dog Show! Bring your furry friends to the Bailey Road Park Track & Field on Saturday, October 1, 4 - 7 p.m. Free to attend and $8 per dog to register for a variety of contests. You don't want to miss this!
 FD Station 1 We'll be at Cornelius-Lemley Fire Station #1 on Saturday, October 15, for their annual Fire Prevention Open House and we hope to see you there! Drop by 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to enjoy free educational fun for the entire family.
 Laketoberfest Join us at Bailey Road Park for the 4th Annual Laketoberfest on Saturday, October 15, 4 - 9p.m. There will be food trucks, craft brews, and live entertainment, as well as a kid's zone with crafts and games. Free parking and admission.  No pets or tobacco products allowed.
 CES Opening Our newest park, Cornelius Elementary School Neighborhood Park, is now open. This new park includes four lighted T-ball fields, two multi-purpose fields, outdoor basketball court, .25-mile walking track, restroom building and parking lot improvements. The address is 19018 Smith Circle - go check it out!
Pottery Wheel
Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits (now showing: Adaptation), classes and workshops for all ages. Our Fall Session A is underway and registration is now open for Fall Session B - call us for details!
We are seeking individuals to assist with our athletic and recreation programming. Must be available nights and/or weekends and be at least 18 years old. Read more.
 Challenger Football
We are teaming up with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Department to offer fall sports to individuals with disabilities. Register now for flag football, cheerleading or baseball!
"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.