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

Splash pad final design The LKN Kiwanis Splashville Park is now open at Smithville Park. It's a great way to cool off! The splash pad will remain open daily through Labor Day.
 Grand-Opening.jpg The grand opening for our newest park, Cornelius Elementary School Neighborhood Park, will be held on Friday, September 2, 9:30 a.m. This new park includes four lighted T-ball fields, two multi-purpose fields, outdoor basketball court, .25-mile walking track, restroom building and parking lot improvements. Join us at 19018 Smith Circle for the celebration!
Pottery Wheel
Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits (upcoming exhibit: Adaptation), classes and workshops for all ages. Registration for our fall adult and youth classes is now open. Read more.
 Challenger Football
We are teaming up with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Department to offer fall sports to individuals with disabilities. Register now for flag football, cheerleading or baseball!
"Dune" by Edwin White Be sure to check out Beyond Walls, our annual public art exhibition featuring ten amazing sculptures at Robbins Park.
20-year 2016 marks PARC's 20th Anniversary! In recognition of this milestone, featured events will take place throughout the year. The ongoing celebration will feature the selection of 20 events specifically highlighting our past years of service to the community. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon!
Fitness group
View our list of Arts, Athletics, Fitness Classes & Recreation Programs. Register now for the next sessions of our popular fitness classes!
Give the gift of recreation! 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.
We offer a variety of Parks, Recreation & Arts Centers and Trails & Greenways for your enjoyment. Read more about renting a shelter, field or court.