The Cornelius PARC Department Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
The Cornelius PARC Department will commemorate its 20th anniversary with a year-long celebration for the citizens of Cornelius. The ongoing celebration will feature the selection of 20 events specifically highlighting our past years of service to the community, showcasing current programs and parks, and introducing new events and facilities.
20 Years of Growth
The Town began providing recreation programs and services by introducing its Parks and Recreation Department in 1996, then rebranded as the Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department in 2008. In 1996, the PARC Department included two park facilities, Legion Park and Smithville Park. As the community has grown, PARC has expanded to include 13 parks, two school-based recreation centers, and a cultural arts center as part of a growing park system consisting of over 240 acres of developed park land. With a core mission of providing great parks, natural areas and recreational experiences, the PARC Department continues to evolve, striving to serve the community with quality recreation services.
A Year of Celebration
In recognition of PARC’s 20th anniversary, featured events will take place throughout the year, beginning with A Morning with the Easter Bunny and Hop into Spring, seasonal celebrations and family events for children ages 3-12. Additional events will include long-time favorites such as the Symphony in the Park and Fireworks, concerts, public art celebrations, recreation and athletic events, summer camps, and the celebration of park grand openings, including the dedications of Lake Norman Kiwanis Splashville Park and Cornelius Elementary School Park.
Check back to this page for more information throughout the year, including special announcements, featured programs, and more details on programs and park services as we celebrate this community milestone!