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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brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Our Winter Session is now underway but you can still register for any open spaces. Be sure to check out our workshops for youth and adults, as well as Drop-In Art for preschoolers and homeschoolers! 
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!
Home Grown Home Grown will be on display in the Center’s gallery from February 2 through March 30. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Beyond Walls 2017-18 Calling all professional artists: Apply for the town’s fourth annual sculpture show, Beyond Walls. Entries are due by Friday, February 9, 2018.  
RP Trail Come join us on Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at Robbins Park, for Hike Cornelius: Winter Wander! This free, guided two-mile hike lead by the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationist, will explore the parks beautiful trails which feature many different natural amenities.
Making a Valentines Day Card All ages are welcome at the Cornelius Arts Center for our annual heART pARTy on Saturday, February 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy Valentine’s Day card-making, arts & crafts and refreshments. Free!
Open Track We invite you to enjoy the lighted track at Bailey Road Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6-8 p.m., through February.  Get up, come on out and get moving!
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