Parks & Recreation

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The Cornelius Parks & Recreation Department works to enhance the lives of citizens and visitors by providing exceptional parks, greenways, and community experiences, from sports leagues and fitness classes to summer camps and family events. Don't see what you like? Make a suggestion!  

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2022 Summer Camp Logo 2022 Cornelius Summer Camps registration is now open and spaces are going fast! Over 60 great camps including 8 weeks of full-day camps. Don't delay - you don't want to miss getting into your favorite camps!
JazzFest Join Cornelius Parks & Recreation and the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition for this year's Cornelius Jazz Festival, featuring food trucks, tasty beverages, children's activities, local businesses and artists, and live music from Groove Machine and 5th & York. At Smithville Park on Saturday, May 21, 5-9 p.m.
Fitness group View our list of Athletics, Fitness Classes & Recreation programs. Register now for the next sessions of our popular fitness classes including Tai Chi, Active Living Fit Club, Yoga for Youth, or Camp Gladiator, or drop in for Cardio Funk!
Memorial Day Join the Town of Cornelius and American Legion Post 86 for our annual Memorial Day Program on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza and the Cornelius Town Hall lawn as we honor our nation’s servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Encanto Outdoor Cinema Series:  In spite of our best efforts, Mother Nature did not want us talking about Bruno in May! We have rescheduled Encanto for Saturday, June 4, at Torrence Chapel Park. Gate opens at 6:30 p.m., including concessions available for purchase. Weather permitting, the movie will begin at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) Don't forget chairs and blankets! 
Breakfast Club
Outdoor Cinema Series: Join us Saturday, June 11, at Smithville Park for our first Adult Night Out movie, The Breakfast Club (Rated R). Come dressed as your favorite character: the brainiac, the jock, the popular girl, the outcast, or the delinquent!  Enjoy yard games, food trucks, local beer, and more. Gate opens at 6:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the movie will begin at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) Don't forget chairs and blankets! For 18 years of age and up. 
brushes The Cornelius Arts Center is now managed by Cain Center for the Arts. Visit their site to read more about classes, concerts, events, exhibits, and more for all ages! 
Gift Certificate Looking for a unique gift for friends or family? A gift certificate from Cornelius Parks & Recreation is always the right size! Gift certificates can be used for full-day & partial-day summer camps, fitness classes, and more. 
Facility Image We offer a variety of Parks, Recreation 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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Register NOW for Earth Jam 2021Saturday, April 24, 5-7 p.m. at Robbins Park. Enjoy a free bluegrass concert by Carolina Divide. Concessions will be available for purchase. Registration is required regardless of age and is now open! Masks are required for this event.
 Opening soon, registration for the 2021 Cornelius Flag Football League! Open to boys and girls ages 4-14. Stay tuned!
 Opening soon, registration for the 2021 Cornelius Flag Football League! Open to boys and girls ages 4-14. Stay tuned!