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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SummerCamps2018Logo_Color Registration for our 2018 Summer Camps is underway. We have 8 full-day camps and over 110 half-day camps in sports, arts and recreation. Register today!
brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Classes are underway for the Spring B Session for youth and adult classes. Be sure to check out our 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!
PHR 2017 RESCHEDULED: If there's a baseball or softball player in your family, age 7-14, be sure to register now for our MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Local Competition. This free event is on Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m. at McEver Field in Davidson (our program partner). 
Earth Day Event Celebrate Earth Day with us at beautiful Robbins Park on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. with a variety of family-friendly green activities. You can also check out  our fishing event, Hooked on Cornelius.
Hot Shots Challenge Register now for the 3rd annual Hot Shots Challenge, a free, friendly basketball shooting competition hosted by Cornelius PARC and Davidson Parks & Rec at Bailey Road Recreation Center on Saturday, April 28, 3-5:30 p.m.
Warrior Jace 5K Sign-up today for the Cornelius PARC 5K Run & Walk, Friday, May 4, 6:30 p.m., Westmoreland Athletic Complex. Proceeds will go to the Top Deck Foundation to benefit Warrior Jace and his family. $35 for runners / $30 for walkers.
 Beyond Walls 2018 Visit Robbins Park and experience our 4th Annual Public Art Exhibition, Beyond Walls featuring 11 sculptures by 9 artists. Join us Saturday, May 5, 4-6 p.m. for the opening reception. Meet the artists, arts & crafts, entertainment and more!
Cornelius Jazz Fest 2018
Join us Saturday, May 19, 5-9 p.m., for the Old Town Cornelius Jazz Festival. Enjoy  music, local artisans, food trucks, children's activities and more. This event is for the whole family! Proceeds benefit the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition.
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. Bailey Road Park Synthetic Turf Project - Notice to Bidders

    Sealed bids for construction of a Synthetic Turf Field at Bailey Road Park will be received by the Town of Cornelius on May 8, 2018, 3:00 pm. An optional pre-bid meeting will be held on April 27 at 3:00 pm at Cornelius Town Hall, Room 203. Read on...
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