Parks & Recreation


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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3v3 League
Registration is now open for the NEW 2024 season of Cornelius-Davidson Youth Basketball 3 v 3 League! This league has two (2) divisions: Boys 15-16 and Girls 15-16. Each team will have 4- players. Boys will play on Saturdays and girls will play on Sundays. Priority registration for Cornelius and Davidson residents now through December 7. Registration opens to everyone on Friday, December 8.  Register today! 
HelpUsHelpYouTake our survey! We are developing a new Comprehensive Parks & Greenways Master Plan, and Cornelius residents are invited to provide input on park, greenway, and facility needs. The survey is open until December 21. Read more about the process and link to the survey here.
Christmas HouseWhat's your style when you hang holiday lights? Do you lean towards the classic or go all out? Enter our Deck the House contest between November 17 and December 8 to show us your best outdoor decorations. The public will then vote, December 11-20. 
Santa Paws cancelled 2023Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather forecasted throughout the weekend, Santa Paws in the Park, which was scheduled for Sunday, December 3, at Robbins Park, has been cancelled.

Fitness groupView our list of Athletics, Fitness Classes & Recreation programs. Register now for the next sessions of our popular fitness classes including Tai Chi and Yoga for Youth, or drop in for Cardio Funk!  
Visit our greenways and trails, including the Emerald Necklace, a 13-mile greenway network that can connect you to where you live, work, congregate, and recreate. Download our maps and get moving today!
Gift CertificateLooking 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 ImageWe offer a variety of Parks, Recreation Centers, and Trails & Greenways for your enjoyment. Read more about renting a shelter, field, gym, or court