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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Open Track 2019-2020 GET OUT ON THE BAILEY ROAD PARK  TRACK AND GET MOVING!  Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, November 5 through March 5, 6:00-8:00pm, 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.
Santa Paws in the Park The Cornelius PARC Department invites you and your furry friends to Robbins Park on Saturday, November 16, 12-2 p.m., for Santa Paws in the Park.  Enjoy photo opportunities with Santa and your pet, shop for unique dog gifts, and more! This free family event is fun for everyone!
Christmas Tree Join the Cornelius PARC Department for the 8th Annual Light Up Cornelius: Christmas at Town Center on Saturday, November 30,  from 4-7 p.m. Bring the family to Cornelius Town Hall and enjoy carriage rides, arts & crafts, special performances, and of course...Santa! The tree lighting will be at 5:30 p.m. Don't forget your camera!
Santa mailbox December 2-13,  drop a letter to Santa at the North Pole in Santa's Mailbox at the Cornelius Arts Center,  and Santa will respond! All letters must include a self-addressed and stamped envelope in order to receive a response. You can even drop off after regular business hours at our outdoor mail intake.
Cocoa with Santa Come join us at the Cornelius Arts Center on Friday, December 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., for Cocoa with Santa! Don't miss this popular holiday event!  Enjoy holiday crafts, cocoa and cookies! And of course, pictures with Santa! Remember to bring your camera or phone. No registration necessary for this free, drop-in event.
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 Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes, camps and workshops for all ages. Registration for Winter Session will open on Monday, December 9 at 7 a.m. for adult and youth classes beginning the week of January 6, 2020. 
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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.  Congratulations to this year's "People's Choice Award" winner, Robert Porreca, Three Sisters
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!
  1. Request for Proposals & Qualifications for Sound Services

    The Cornelius PARC Department is requesting proposals from qualified service providers for the purpose of providing sound services at a variety of annual special events, as well as assisting the Town with securing bands for specific events. Read on...
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