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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brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Registration for our Spring A Session is underway for five-week classes beginning the week of February 26.  Be sure to check out our workshops for youth and adults, as well as Drop-In Art for preschoolers and homeschoolers! 
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, Tuesdays, and Saturdays!
 MORNING 1979 19x25 JMG18472 SPECIAL EXHIBIT: As part of our Black History Month celebration, please stop by Town Hall to view nine amazing works by Romare Bearden (1911-1988), on loan from the Jerald Melberg Gallery of Charlotte, February 12-28. Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Black History Month Join us and the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition for our annual Black History Month Celebration: Sharing Our Heritage on Saturday, February 24, 1 - 3 p.m. Enjoy memorabilia from local churches, performances, children's activities, refreshments, and more! Free.
 Hike 1 NEW DATE:  Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., at Robbins Park, for Hike Cornelius: Winter Wander! This free, guided two-mile hike lead by the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationist, will explore the parks beautiful trails which feature many different natural amenities.
Home Grown.png Home Grown will be on display at the Center's gallery through March 30.  This local art show features beautiful and affordable works in a variety of mediums by over 120 area artists.
Open Track We invite you to enjoy the lighted track at Bailey Road Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6 - 8 p.m., through February.  Get up, come on out and get moving!
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

  1. Cornelius Elementary School Parking Area Paving Project Bids

    The PARC Department is seeking qualified Contractors to bid on demolition, asphalt milling, asphalt resurfacing, new and replaced asphalt parking area base and surfacing, and other items. Bids are due on March 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. Additional Info...
  2. South Prong Rocky River (Antiquity) Greenway Project Request for Qualifications

    The Town of Cornelius is seeking a Private Engineering Firm to provide Construction Engineering and Inspection Services for South Prong Rocky River Greenway. Letters of interest are due on March 29, 2018 at 12 p.m. Additional Info...
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