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

Basketball. season Registration for the 22nd season of Cornelius-Davidson Youth Basketball is closed but there are still spaces in some divisions. For girls, ages 5-15, & boys, ages 5-18. Looking for service hours? We need volunteer timers & scorekeepers, too!
brushes Visit the Cornelius Arts Center, featuring great art exhibits, classes and workshops for all ages. Registration for Winter Session will open on Monday, December 10 for six-week adult and youth classes beginning the week of January 7, 2019. 
Christmas Tree  After the family dinner, football games and shopping, bring your family to the Town Hall lawn for Light Up Cornelius on Saturday, November 24, 4-7 p.m. Enjoy a variety of entertainment, carriage rides, photos with Santa, a Christmas village featuring food and craft vendors, and more! Tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m.
Santa mailbox Bring your letters to Santa's Mailbox at the Cornelius Arts Center, November 26-December 14, and we will get them to the North Pole! Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and Santa will write you back!
Cocoa with Santa Join us Friday, December 7, at the Cornelius Arts Center for Cocoa with Santa! Enjoy holiday crafts, cookies, hot cocoa, and pictures with Santa! This event is free, nor pre-registration required. Don't forget your cameras!
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 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