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

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 Online registration for the 2018 Flag Football season Instructional Division (ages 4-5) will remain open through September 7. A few spaces remain in Divisions A (ages 6-7) - call our office for more information.
Closed for Repairs
Due to annual, seasonal maintenance, many of our playing fields are closed. As always, please check our Field Conditions web page for which baseball/softball or multipurpose fields are open and which are closed. 
Back2School Bash Join us at Robbins Park on Saturday, August 25, 6:30-11 p.m., for our Back 2 School Bash and Movie Under the Stars. Say good-bye to summer break and kick-off the new school year with this free, fun family event. End the evening with our last outdoor movie on our blimp screen, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Registration is underway for Fall A Session, six-week adult and youth classes beginning the week of September 10! 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.
 justice league We were rained out the first time, so we have rescheduled the Outdoor Cinema Series showing of Justice League for Saturday, September 15, at Smithville Park. Family activities will begin at 6:00 and the movie will begin around dusk, or approximately 7:45 p.m. Don't forget your blanket and chairs!
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