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. season Registration for the 22nd season of Cornelius-Davidson Youth Basketball is closed but  we are still in need volunteer timers & scorekeepers! Great way to rack up service hours!
brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Registration for Winter Session will open on Monday, December 10 for six-week adult and youth classes beginning the week of January 7, 2019. 
Santa mailbox Bring your letters to Santa's Mailbox at the Cornelius Arts Center by December 14, and we will get them to the North Pole. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and Santa will write you back!
Christmas Carol
Drop your kids at the Cornelius Arts Center, Friday, December 14, 6-9 p.m., for Parent's Night Out.  Enjoy a night out for dinner and/or some holiday shopping and we will provide pizza, games, crafts and a movie, Disney's A Christmas Carol, for your kids. $10 for Cornelius residents, $15 for non-residents. For ages 7-12.
Frosty's Preschool Holiday Party Spend the morning with Frosty at Frosty's Preschool Holiday Party!  Monday, December 17, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Cornelius Arts Center. Enjoy crafts, snacks and the movie, Frosty's Winter Wonderland. This free event is for children ages 3-6. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is required for children, not for adults.
LAX Clinic Have your kids wanted to try lacrosse? Xtreme Lacrosse is offering four FREE youth lacrosse clinics January 6, 13, 20, or 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at either JV Washam Elementary or Cornelius Elementary, depending on the week. For boys & girls K-5th grade. Participants must be Cornelius residents. Preregistration is required.
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 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