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. 
Pottery Wheel
Explore the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Check out our great lineup of spring classes - registration is now open for our Spring B session of classes! 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. Vote for The People's Choice Award!
 Tawba2 Painting.jpg It's time for another 'Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival! Come to downtown Cornelius on Saturday, April 30, 2-8 p.m., and enjoy art, music, food trucks, local brews and more! Be sure to stop by the Cornelius Arts Center for the gallery opening for Talons, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
 Youth Pickleball Clinic
Discover the madness! Register your children, ages 7-13, for this free clinic and they can learn to play the exciting game of pickleball. Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at JV Washam Recreation Center.
 Fishing at Robbins Park Join us at Robbins Park on Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for Hooked on Cornelius! This free event is designed for children ages 7-12 and their families  and will feature fun, outdoor activities such as fishing and environmental education programs like nature walks and a fossil-touching station. Some activities require registration.
 flaming basketball Registration is now open for the inaugural Cornelius-Huntersville-Davidson Hot Shots Challenge! Boys and girls, ages 7-14, can compete for prizes in multiple 1-minute shooting drills. Saturday, May 21, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the newly refurbished Bailey Road Park outdoor tennis courts.
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!
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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.