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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COVID-19 Updates

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Town of Cornelius continues to take steps to help keep our community safe. Following federal, state and local direction, we are doing our part to keep you and our staff healthy, including cancelling all programming and facility rentals through May 31. We are awaiting guidance from the governor to determine programming and rentals beyond May 31.

PARC Facilities

The safety and well-being of everyone who visits our PARC facilities are always our primary concerns.  All Cornelius parks and greenways remain open; in accordance with the governor’s orders, all who visit must practice social distancing (6 feet apart). For your protection, all playgrounds and restrooms are closed, and basketball, tennis, and pickleball courts are available for individual/singles play only. Group games and activities and doubles matches are not allowed.

PARC Programs

We continue to hope and prepare for our full summer camp schedule, as well as adult fitness classes and Cornelius Arts Center programs. If the curve continues to bend downward and the most recent federal, state, and local information allows us to proceed, we are fully prepared to move forward. Even with a relaxation of restrictions, precautions will still be taken to ensure the health and safety of our customers and staff. Programs may move forward but look different, such as maximum numbers allowed, distancing protocols, and enhanced hygiene requirements. We simply do not know what will be allowed or mandated yet, but we are preparing as though that guidance will be given in the near future.  

We are modifying our refund policy during this exceptional time. If we cancel any summer camps, you will receive a full refund for any fees paid for those camps. If we cancel any summer fitness or arts programs, you will receive a full refund for any fees paid for those programs.

Questions?

Email us at parc@cornelius.org or call 704-892-6031 x160 – we are here to help!

When you are visiting our parks and greenways for fresh air and exercise, you may notice these signs. 

We have also marked off sample areas with chalk, modeling for you the distance of six feet. 

Please help us keep the parks and greenways open by observing this important distance!

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What's Happening

Memorial Day Our Memorial Day Observance is going virtual on Monday, May 25. We will post the ceremony at 10 a.m. on our Facebook page, where it will remain posted. Tune in as you can for this meaningful ceremony honoring our nation’s servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
SC2020Logo_Color.100 Registration for our 2020 Summer Camps is open! Eight exciting weeks of full-day camps with a new, earlier 7:30 a.m. drop-off time! Over 125 half-day arts & recreation and sports camps. There is something for everyone! 
 PARC @ Home  During closures and cancellations due to COVID-19 concerns, we are on a mission to bring you ways to keep busy, stay engaged, decompress, and maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit. Look for PARC@HOME, our new weekly newsletter each Monday. View the current and past editions as we bring the programs to you!
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The Cornelius Arts Center features great art exhibits, classes, camps and workshops for all ages, but is currently closed until further notice.  Please check back for details. 
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!