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

 Santa mailbox
Bring your child's letters to Santa, place them in Santa's Mailbox, and we will send them on to the North Pole. If you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, Santa will write back! At the Cornelius Arts Center, November 28- December 15
 Open Track
Ready to get a jump start on your New Year's resolution? The regulation-sized track at Bailey Road Park will be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December, 6-8 p.m. Come out, get moving, and enjoy our lighted track for a safe place to exercise! 
Pottery Wheel

Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Registration for our Winter Session will begin December 12.
 Challenger Football
We are teaming up with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Department to offer sports and special events to individuals with disabilities. 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. This program was recently recognized with the 2016 Arts & Humanities Award by the NC Park & Recreation Association!
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. 
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.