Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture

Overview

 
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 2019-2020 GET OUT TO BAILEY ROAD PARK FOR OPEN TRACK NIGHTS AND GET MOVING!  Every Tuesday and Thursday evening  through March 5, 6-8 p.m., the public is invited to use the lighted track between Bailey Middle School and Bailey Road Park. Come and enjoy a safe place to walk, run and get healthy.
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Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes, camps and workshops for all ages.  Registration for Spring A Session will open on Monday, January 27 at 7 a.m. for Cornelius residents and on Wednesday, January 29 at 7 a.m. for all other participants. 
Call for Artists
Calling all artists! Get your submissions ready for our next two exhibits.
Home Grown: This gallery show is open to artists ages 18 & up in Cornelius and surrounding areas. All entries for this non-juried show are due January 27 through February 1 during business hours. Review submission guidelines.
Beyond Walls: We are accepting submissions now through February 7 for our 6th annual, award-winning public art exhibition. Apply today
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The 5th Annual Beyond Walls Public Art Exhibition is open at Robbins Park. This award-winning exhibit will be on display through January 31, 2020, and features 7 sculptures by 6 artists.  CALL FOR ARTISTS: Apply now through February 7 for the next Beyond Walls exhibit.
Black History Month Join Cornelius PARC and Smithville CommUNITY Coalition at Town Hall on Saturday, February 1, 1-3 p.m., for our annual Black History Month Celebration. Enjoy guest speakers, an art exhibit by Charlotte artist Kevin Harris, fun and educational children’s activities, performances, refreshments and more.
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Join us at the Cornelius Arts Center on Friday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the opening reception for Home Grown, our most popular, annual exhibit featuring an eclectic and beautiful mix of work from over 90 local artists in a large variety of mediums. The exhibit will be on display through March 28, with many affordable works for sale.
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 and Saturdays!
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
The 5th Annual Beyond Walls Public Art Exhibition is open at Robbins Park. This award-winning exhibit will be on display through January 31, 2020, and features 7 sculptures by 6 artists. Join us on Saturday, June 1, at 3:30 p.m. for and Artist Tour! The public is invited to cast a vote for their favorite sculpture through June 30, 2019 for the "People's Choice Award".  Enjoy!
The 5th Annual Beyond Walls Public Art Exhibition is open at Robbins Park. This award-winning exhibit will be on display through January 31, 2020, and features 7 sculptures by 6 artists. Join us on Saturday, June 1, at 3:30 p.m. for and Artist Tour! The public is invited to cast a vote for their favorite sculpture through June 30, 2019 for the "People's Choice Award".  Enjoy!