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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SummerCamps2018Logo_Color Registration for our 2018 Summer Camps is underway. We have 8 full-day camps and over 110 half-day camps in sports, arts and recreation. Register today!
Flag Logo Registration for the 2018 Flag Football season is open now through Monday, August 13. The flag football season runs September 8-October 20. In its 17th year, this program is for boys and girls ages 4-15.
NRRC Join us at Bailey Middle School on Tuesday, July 24, 6:30-8 p.m., to view results from public surveys and learn about ongoing planning and design for the proposed Northern Regional Recreation Center. This public information session will include a project overview presentation at 6:30 p.m., followed by an open forum. 
PDGA Disc Golf Amateur World Championships: We are excited to host the 2018 Disc Golf Amateur World Championships! This competition will take place at Bailey Road Park and Robbins Park beginning Saturday, July 21 with practice rounds and concluding on Saturday, July 28. These championships will feature players from all over the world. Tournament play will take place throughout the week at both courses. Due to the nature of the tournament and the amount of players participating, the Bailey Road Park and Robbins Park Disc Golf Courses will be closed for public play from July 21-28.
   justice league Join us for our Outdoor Cinema Series, with free, family-friendly movies shown throughout the summer. Up next:  Justice League on Tuesday, August 7, at Bailey Road Park, in conjunction with National Night Out. The movie will start at dusk, or approximately 8:30 p.m.  Don't forget your chairs and blankets!
PD_NEWSEAL Come to Bailey Road Park, Tuesday, August 7, 6-8 p.m., for National Night Out. Enjoy an evening filled with free family fun, including children's activities, food, entertainment and more, while promoting community safety and crime prevention! Be sure to stay afterwards for the movie Justice League on our blimp screen, as part of our Outdoor Cinema Series.
 Park in the Dark Join us Friday, August 10, 8-10 p.m., for our first Park in the Dark event! Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will be on hand to teach us about the Robbins Park nightlife, focusing on the diverse moth population.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for this FREE, family event.
brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Registration is underway for the Summer B Session, five-week adult classes beginning the week of July 23! Visit our gallery to view Home Grown: Sprouts on display through August 25. Join us for the closing reception on Thursday, August 23 from 5-7 p.m.
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, Tuesdays, and Saturdays!
Beyond Walls 2018 Visit Robbins Park and experience our 4th Annual Public Art Exhibition, Beyond Walls featuring 11 sculptures by 9 artists.  These amazing, whimsical artworks will be on display throughout 2018!
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