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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During the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Town of Cornelius continues to take steps to help keep our community safe. Following federal, state and local direction, we are doing our part to keep you and our staff healthy.
The safety and well-being of everyone who visits our PARC facilities are always our primary concerns. All Cornelius parks and greenways remain open; in accordance with the governor’s orders, all who visit must practice social distancing (6 feet apart). Park restrooms are now open but restricted to one person at a time. Basketball courts are for individual play only. For your protection, all playgrounds and the splash pad remain closed. Non-contact activities, where players can maintain 6’ of social distancing, are allowed.
NEW: We are now accepting facility reservation requests for fields, shelters, tennis courts, and track from the general public, though some fields are still closed for renovations. Visit our Rental Information webpage.
- For tennis and pickleball play, refer to this USTA safety tip sheet for guidelines.
- For all other sports, refer to this NCDHHS guidance for sports (May 22) and this supplemental guidance for outdoor sporting events (June 10)
Summer camps (most, but not all) are still happening! Please visit our summer camps webpage for details.
We continue to hope and prepare for adult fitness classes and Cornelius Arts Center programs. If the curve continues to bend downward and the most recent federal, state, and local information allows us to proceed, we are fully prepared to move forward. Even with a relaxation of restrictions, precautions will still be taken to ensure the health and safety of our customers and staff. Programs may move forward but look different, such as maximum numbers allowed, distancing protocols, and enhanced hygiene requirements. We simply do not know what will be allowed or mandated yet, but we are preparing as though that guidance will be given in the near future.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-892-6031 x160 – we are here to help!
When you are visiting our parks and greenways for fresh air and exercise, you may notice these signs.
We have also marked off sample areas with chalk, modeling for you the distance of six feet.
Please help us keep the parks and greenways open by observing this important distance!
If you cannot maintain six feet of distancing, WEAR A MASK!
|Registration for our 2020 Summer Camps is open! We have made lots of changes and updates to our offerings, but there is something for everyone. Just added: two weeks of Golf Camp - register now!|
|Join Cornelius PARC and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation for Park in the Dark to learn about the animals and insects that come out at night, focusing on our area's diverse moth population. Friday, July 24, 8-10 p.m. at Robbins Park. Space is limited for this free program and pre-registration is required.|
|The Cornelius Arts Center features great art exhibits, classes, camps and workshops for all ages, but is currently closed until further notice. Please check back for details.
|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!|
|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.|