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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What's Happening


PARCplus Great news! We have expanded PARCplus through April 1, 2021PARCplus is a mash-up combining a school day with a safe, full-day camp setting, including time for online learning plus art, exercise, homework, and more, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for 1st-6th graders. And now, you may register by the week or by the day - choose just the days you need.  Read more and register now! 
 SummerCamps2021 Registration is now open for over 100 summer camps and they are filling quickly!  For nine weeks this summer, we are offering an awesome variety of half-day sports, arts and recreation camps, plus full-day camps, and our 2021 Summer Camps Guide is now available - read more and register today! 
 Hop Into Spring 2015 Hop Into Spring is now Hop Along the Bunny Trail along the Robbins Park boardwalk on Saturday, March 27Get EGG-cited for a free afternoon filled with family fun, including photos with the Easter Bunny and take-home activities. Bring a camera to record the fun and your basket to collect goodies along the trail!  Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited!
MFC Logo The three north Mecklenburg towns - Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville, along with Mooresville, are hosting the first Mayors' Fitness Challenge! Residents of each town will combine to become one team to win the title of Fittest Community. The challenge will last 12 weeks, February 1-April 18. Each week, participants will work to have the highest total of active minutes. Register now - it's not too late! The link to record your active minutes for March 1-7 is open now through Tuesday, March 9, at noon.  Come on Cornelius, let's win this thing!! 
brushes Spring A session of adult art education classes is currently underway! We are happy to announce the return of watercolor classes at CAC, including the return of both adult beginner and intermediate-to-advanced painting! Mark your calendars! Registration for the Spring B session will open Monday, March 29 for Cornelius residents and Wednesday, March 31 for the general public. 
Open Track 2019-2020 Open Track Nights are available three nights per week, 6-8 p.m. The James Hoyt Wilhelm Park 1/4-mi walking track will be lighted on Mondays through March 8 and the Bailey Road Park regulation track will be lighted on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 11, both open to the public for your enjoyment. Come and enjoy a safe place to walk or run, on your own or with family and friends.
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!
Registration for the Spring A session of adult art education classes is now open! We are happy to announce the return of watercolor classes at CAC, including the return of both adult beginner and intermediate-to-advanced painting! The 6-week-long sessions will begin the week of February 22.
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Welcome Back!

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

PARC Facilities

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 181). 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 1/28/21)