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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|Registration is open for over 100 summer camps and many are sold out, but we have recently added more spaces to many of our offerings, including our full-day camps! For nine weeks this summer, we are offering an awesome variety of full-day and half-day sports, arts and recreation camps. Read more and register!|
|Celebrate the "Spirit of America" as Symphony in the Park & Fireworks returns! Join us at Bailey Road Park on Saturday, June 19. Gates open at 6 p.m., prelude performance by Rockie Lynn begins at 6:45 p.m., and the Symphony performance starts at 8:30 p.m. Please read all the details here!|
|Outdoor movies are back! Up next: The Secret Life of Pets 2 on Saturday, June 26, at Legion Park. Free and open to the public. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with concessions available for purchase. Movie starts at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m.|
|Want to learn how to Stand Up Paddleboard? Try our 90-minute intro classes offered at the Lake Norman Community Sailing Center on Saturday mornings, 9:30-11 a.m. Only $25 for Cornelius residents, $35 for non-residents. June 26, July 17 & 31, August 14, September 4 & 18.|
|We are seeking talented, energetic people for part-time park maintenance staff! Read the full job description and application information - join us!|
|Get ready to register or the Summer A session at the Cornelius Arts Center is underway, with ceramics, drawing, and oil/acrylic classes for adults. Registration is open now for classes starting the week of June 7.|
|View our list of Arts, Athletics, Fitness Classes & Recreation programs. Register now for the next sessions of our popular fitness classes. Also, check out our Walk with a Doc program, the first Saturday of every month - it's free!|
|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.|
|We offer a variety of Parks, Recreation & Arts Centers, and Trails & Greenways for your enjoyment. Read more about renting a shelter, field or court.|
As we welcome you back into our facilities & programs, we want you to know what we are doing to keep you safe.
We are: Following state & local guidelines | Limiting program sizes | Doing extra cleaning | Setting up to allow for social distancing | Offering hand sanitizer and/or handwashing in all facilities | Using a registration system for select programs
You can help by: Staying home if you are sick | Following signage | Washing your hands | Wearing a mask while indoors or when social distancing cannot be maintained | Registering for programs online @ cornelius.org/parc or over the phone @ 704-892-6031 x160
The safety and well-being of everyone who visits our PARC facilities are always our primary concerns. All Cornelius parks, greenways, and playgrounds are open; in accordance with the governor’s orders, all who visit must practice social distancing (6 feet apart) or wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained (see Executive Order 209). If a playground is crowded we encourage you to visit one of our other playgrounds. For tennis and pickleball play, refer to this USTA safety tip sheet for guidelines. For all other sports, refer to this NCDHHS guidance for sports (updated 4/30/21)