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

Open Track Ready, set, exercise! The regulation-sized track and the athletic field at Bailey Road Park will be open to the public on Tuesdays & Thursdays in February, 6-8 p.m. Come out, get moving, and enjoy our lighted track and field 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 Spring Session A of classes and workshops is underway, with classes beginning the week of March 6. Stop by the gallery for Home Grown, our annual arts showcase with over 100 works from local artists. The exhibit will be on display through March 24. 
Summer Camps 2017  Our 2017 Summer Camp Guide and registration forms are now available! Start planning now, because registration will open on March 1 at 7 a.m. Read more.
Sport Registration Even though it is still wintertime, now is the time to register for spring sports! Use these links for more information or registration for: baseball, lacrosse, soccer, girls' softball, adult softball, senior softball, tee ball, and volleyball. We also offer tennis every month of the year!
 community-garden-sign.jpg The Cornelius Community Garden is about to kick off its 5th year and there are garden boxes available. The fee is $50 ($25 may be refundable) and includes a
4'x 8' raised bed, topsoil, access to tools, water and three growing seasons. The garden is located at 20708 Catawba Avenue, near Smithville Park. If you are interested, email Ellen Shaw or call her at 828-242-0254.  
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. 
Smithville Park picnic shelter 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. Bailey Road Park Playground Request for Proposals

    The Town of Cornelius is soliciting bidders to demolish an existing playground area and design, permit, furnish, deliver, and install new playground equipment, picnic shelter, other equipment and poured-in-place safety surfacing at Bailey Road Park. Additional Info...
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