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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Summer Camps 2019 Registration for 135 SUMMER CAMPS is now open! Read all about our half-day sports, arts & recreation partial-day camps, plus 8 weeks of full-day camps, including links to online registration here!
brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages.  Home Grown, featuring works by local artists, is currently on display in our gallery through March 30.  Registration for Spring B Session is underway for five-week classes beginning the week of April 22.
Drop In & Create Come to the Cornelius Arts Center Mondays & Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and enjoy a variety of mixed-media projects. For preschoolers and homeschoolers ages 3 & up. Children 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register online or pay at the door.  $5 per hour/per child.
Cornelius Pacers Are you looking for a fun, motivated running group? Join Cornelius Pacers Running Group Mondays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., beginning April 8, Bailey Middle School track. Six-week session is $50 for Cornelius residents/$65 for non-residents. For ages 16 & up.
Easter Bunny
Join us for two spring favorites: spend A Morning with the Easter Bunny at the Cornelius Arts Center on Friday, April 12, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., then on Saturday, April 13, 2-4 p.m., hop on out to Robbins Park for Hop into Spring! Both events are free and fun for the whole family. Don't forget your cameras!
Art-in-the-Park It's Spring Break, so bring your child to Robbins Park on Tuesday, April 16, 1-3 p.m., for Art in the Park! Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon and do some art! Parent or guardian is required to stay onsite with us during this free event.

Young Explorers
Do your children enjoy nature? Register them today for Young Explorers beginning Tuesday, April 16. Learn about insects, animals, plants, and more in this fun outdoor program.  Six-week session is $50 for Cornelius residents/$65 for non-residents. For ages 7-12.
Bright Ideas
Our first juried exhibition, Bright Ideas, will open with a reception at the Cornelius Arts Center on Friday, April 266:30-8:30 p.m. through June 21, 2019. This group show features works of local artists that speak to the theme, What is Your Bright Idea? and will be on display through June 21.
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