In 2016, the Cornelius PARC Department commemorated its 20th anniversary with a year-long celebration for the citizens of Cornelius. The ongoing celebration featured the selection of 20 events specifically highlighting our past years of service to the community, showcasing current programs and parks, and introducing new events and facilities.
20 Years of Growth
The Town began providing recreation programs and services by introducing its Parks and Recreation Department in 1996, then rebranded as the Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department in 2008. In 1996, the PARC Department included two park facilities, Legion Park and Smithville Park. As the community has grown, PARC has expanded to include 13 parks, two school-based recreation centers, and a cultural arts center as part of a growing park system consisting of over 240 acres of developed park land. With a core mission of providing great parks, natural areas and recreational experiences, the PARC Department continues to evolve, striving to serve the community with quality recreation services.
A Year of Celebration
In recognition of PARC’s 20th anniversary, featured events were organized throughout the year with an outstanding line-up including seasonal celebrations, concerts, public art celebrations, recreation and athletic events, summer camps and the grand opening of two new facilities:Lake Norman Kiwanis Splashville Park and Cornelius Elementary School Park (now James Hoyt Wilhelm Park).