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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What's Happening

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.  Spring A Session, six-week adult and youth classes are underway. Home Grown, featuring works by local artists, is currently on display in our gallery.  Registration for Spring B Session will open on Monday, March 25 at 7 a.m.
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.
Bright Ideas We are accepting submissions for our first juried exhibition, Bright Ideas, now through March 22 at 5 p.m. This group show is open to visual artists residing in the Lake Norman region, which includes the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville. Read more, including submission details.
hot shots logo Register now for the 4th Annual Hot Shots Challenge, on Saturday, March 23, at Bailey Road Recreation Center, hosted by the Cornelius PARC Department and the Davidson Parks and Recreation Department. This competition is FREE and open to boys and girls ages 7-15.
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!

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.
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