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

Basketball Registration is open now through Sunday, October 29 (or until full), for the 2017-2018 Cornelius-Davidson Youth Basketball season. The league is open to girls, ages 5-14, and boys, ages 5-18.
BRP Playground.5 We are excited to announce that the playground at Bailey Road Park is now open! Check out the new silo and barn, a variety of swings and slides, lots of unique features for climbing, a brand new shelter available for reservations, and more!
Halloween Event
Visit the Cornelius Arts Center on Saturday, October 28, 2-6 p.m. for our free, annual 
Halloween event.  Enjoy trick-or-treating, Halloween-themed art activities and great photo opportunities!
RP Trail
Join us for Hike Cornelius on Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m. at Robbins Park & Nature Preserve. The two-mile hike will wind along the park's beautiful trails and scenic ponds. This event is for everyone!
Veterans Day The Town of Cornelius and American Legion Post 86 invite you to join our annual Veterans Day Program at the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza on Saturday, November 11, at 11 a.m.   Start the morning at the Cornelius Arts Center, 9-10:30 a.m., for a family event featuring patriotic crafts and more!
brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Registration for Fall B Session is now open for classes beginning the week of October 30. Be sure to visit our current exhibition, Mud at the Mill, on display through October 26. 
Fitness group View our list of Arts, Athletics, Fitness Classes & Recreation programs. Register now for the next sessions of our popular fitness classes!
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