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.  
PARC 20th Anniversary

A Year of Celebration

In recognition of PARC’s 20th anniversary, featured events have been organized throughout the year with an outstanding line-up including seasonal celebrations, concerts, public art celebrations, recreation and athletic events, summer camps, grand opening of Lake Norman Kiwanis Splashville Park, dedication of Cornelius Elementary School Park, and long-time favorites such as Symphony in the Park and Fireworks,  

 As we approach the end of the year, the 20th anniversary celebration continues with the 5th annual Light Up Cornelius holiday celebration, Cocoa with Santa at the Cornelius Arts Center, and the 20th annual Cornelius-Davidson Youth Winter Basketball Program.