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. Registration for Fall B Session will open on Monday, October 1 for five-week adult and youth classes beginning the week of October 29. Wednesday youth classes will be four-weeks and will begin on November 7. 
Teen Council The Lake Norman Teen Council is currently accepting participation contracts for 2018-2019. This group is open to all teens in grades 6-12. Join us for the first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 p.m. at Cornelius Town Hall.
AA Dog Show 2016 The 18th Annual All American Dog Show will be held on Saturday, October 6,
3-6 p.m. at Robbins Park. Get ready to enter your dog in our fun contests or just come browse local vendors and enjoy the free entertainment! 
Laketoberfest Pumpkins.jpg Bring your family and join us at Laketoberfest for a fun afternoon including craft beers from NC breweries, food trucks, live music, local artisans, family play zone, and more! Saturday, October 20, 4-9 p.m. at Bailey Road Park.
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!
Beyond Walls 2018 Visit Robbins Park and experience our 4th Annual Public Art Exhibition, Beyond Walls featuring 11 sculptures by 9 artists.  These amazing, whimsical artworks will be on display throughout 2018!
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. Public Meeting: Smithville-to-JV Washam Development Project

    The Town of Cornelius will hold a community meeting to discuss the proposed Smithville-to-JV Washam Greenway, a 0.7-mile multi-use path along Westmoreland Rd, and a restoration project for Upper McDowell Creek on Tues, October 2, 6-8 p.m. at Town Hall. Additional Info...
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