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!
Smithville Park Playground Swing, slide, splash and play as we host the official Grand Opening for the NEW Smithville Park Playground and celebrate the 2018 opening of the LKN Kiwanis Splashville Park on Thursday, June 21, at 10 a.m. 
Fireworks Bring your blankets and chairs and join us at the Bailey Road Park Bandshell for Symphony in the Park & Fireworks, an evening with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, June 23, 6-10 p.m.  The free KidZone will be open from 6 - 8 p.m. Concessions and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
Pirates of the Caribbean The Outdoor Cinema Series is back, with free, family-friendly movies shown throughout the summer. Up next: The original Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on Saturday, July 7, at Ramsey Creek Park.  It's a boat-in, so you'll be able to watch the movie from the  water or the beach! The movie will start at dusk, or approximately 8:30 p.m.  Don't forget your chairs and blankets!
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!
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!  Be sure to cast your vote for your favorite sculpture before June 30. The winning artist will win a $1,000 cash prize!
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
  1. Invitation to Bid

    The Town of Cornelius is seeking qualified contractors to provide construction services for the South Prong of the Rocky River Greenway. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be June 18, 10 a.m. at Town Hall. The bid opening will be held on July 2, at 2 p.m. Additional Info...
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