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

Summer Camps 2017 Registration for our 2017 Summer Camps is now open! Choose from over 130 camps featuring a variety of sports, arts, and recreation themes for ages 4-16.

Pottery Wheel Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages.Our Spring Session A of classes and workshops is starting this week. Some classes still have space! Stop by the gallery for Home Grown, our annual arts showcase with over 100 works from local artists, through March 24. 
Easter Bunny Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to the Cornelius Arts Center on Friday, March 24,  for A Morning with the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., to enjoy crafts, snacks, and a chance to take a photo with Peter Cottontail himself! 
JHW Park Join the Cornelius PARC Department and Lake Norman Little League for the James Hoyt Wilhelm Park Dedication on Saturday, March 25, from 10-11 a.m. Concessions will be available for purchase, including everyone's ballpark favorites.
hot shots logo Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Hot Shots Challenge. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 1, at Davidson College's Belk Arena. A free event for boys and girls, ages 7-18. Don't delay - registration is limited!
Hop Into Spring 2015 Getting ready to Hop Into Spring at Robbins Park on Saturday, April 8, 2-4 p.m. This annual free event includes a children's activities, arts & crafts, inflatables, entertainment and more - join us!
Cornelius 2nd Annual Race Registration has begun for the 2017 Cornelius Trail Run, to be held on Saturday, May 13, in conjunction with the grand opening of the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway. This 2.6-mile race is open to walkers and runners ages 5 and up.
 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