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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brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Be sure to check out our one-day winter workshop,  Registration is underway for Spring A Session, six-week adult and youth classes beginning the week of February 25.
Open Track
Start 2019 with a healthy new you at open track nights! Every Tuesday & Thursday evening in January and February, from 6-8 p.m., the public is invited to use the lighted track at Bailey Road Park located between the park and Bailey Middle School. Come enjoy a safe place to walk or run.
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.
Home Grown The 6th annual Home Grown show will be on display in the Cornelius Arts Center's gallery through March 30. Affordable and beautiful works for sale! 
 Black History Month Join Cornelius PARC and the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition in Sharing our Heritage during our annual Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 23, 1-3 p.m. at Town Hall. This event features community performances, children's activities, guest speakers and more!
hot shots logo Registration opens Monday, February 18, for the 4th Annual Hot Shots Challenge, Saturday, March 23, 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.
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
  1. Robbins Park Master Plan Update

    The Cornelius PARC Department will hold a community meeting at Town Hall on Tuesday, February 19, to discuss an update for the Robbins Park Master Plan and gather ideas from residents on future park amenity needs. An online survey is open as well. Read on...
  2. North Regional Recreation Center Public Information Session

    Join the Mecklenburg County, Cornelius, Huntersville, and Davidson Parks & Recreation Departments at Bailey Middle School on Tuesday, February 26, 6:30-8 p.m. Drop in to review and ask questions about the latest facility design and site plan. Additional Info...
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