Apr 2019 Director's Corner
Chimney Swift tower construction

Hundreds of birds, that is! Well, okay, maybe just dozens.
This April, thanks to volunteers from Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, Robbins Park will offer a new home for this native bird species. According to the National Audubon Society, Chimney Swifts are in steep decline, and the chimneys where they roost are rapidly disappearing as old chimneys are capped or torn down. Read more!
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Summer Camps 2019

Space is filling fast 

Register today for 

2019 Summer Camps!

See our guide of 8 full-day camps and over 125 Arts, Recreation and Sports partial-day camps, held in local parks, rec centers, the Cornelius Arts Center and more. It's easy to register online!

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Shelter rental

The weather is getting nicer - have your next party in the park!  As we head into spring, why not host your event at one of our park shelters?
 Find out more!  

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T he Cornelius Community Garden, 20708 Catawba Avenue, still has a few garden boxes available for rent. The fee is $50 ($25 may be refundable) and includes a 
4'x 8' raised bed, topsoil, mulch, access to tools, water and three growing seasons. If you are interested,   email Brad Daubenmire or call 980-216-0121, or email Debby Redding or call 901-289-6880.
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Open Sign


Adult Basketball Open Gym Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm
Bailey Road Rec Center


Senior Pickleball Open Play

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm

JV Washam Rec Center

Bridge Lessons & Games
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Cornelius Town Hall 

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Upcoming Events 

Lake Norman Bike Expo & Community Ride  

 Saturday, May 11, 9a-12p

Bailey Road Rec Center


Splashville Park 2019 Opening

Saturday, May 18, 9a

Smithville Park


Cornelius Jazz Festival

Saturday, May 18, 5-9p

Smithville Park  

Outdoor Adventures Hike
Sunday, May 19, 2-4p
West Branch Nature Preserve


Memorial Day Program

Monday, May 28, 10-11a
Town Hall Lawn

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Stay Connected!  

Tawba Walk Spring 2017 'Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival
Saturday, April 6,  2:00-8:00 pm
Downtown Cornelius
Enjoy local vendors, performances, music, food trucks, amazing shopping and more! 

A Morning with the Easter Bunny   
Friday, April 12, 10:00 am-1 2:00 pm 
Cornelius Arts Center 
Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to enjoy free crafts, snacks and a chance to take a photo with Peter Cottontail, so bring your camera! Special thanks to our event sponsor, Lake Norman Realty.

Hop Into Spring Hop Into Spring 
Saturday, April 13, 2:00-4:00 pm 
Robbins Park 
This event is designed for families with kids, ages 3-12. Enjoy an afternoon with inflatables, music, concessions,  EGG-citing games and photo ops with Peter Cottontail, so don't forget your Easter basket and camera! Special thanks to our Easter Bunny Sponsor, Lake Norman Realty.

Art in the Park 
Tuesday, April 16, 1:00-3:00 pm 
Robbins Park Playground
It's Spring Break, so bring your child for a fun-filled afternoon of spring-themed art! Parent or guardian is required to stay onsite with us during this free, drop-in event.

Hooked on Cornelius Hooked on Cornelius
Saturday, April 27
2:00-4:00 pm
Robbins Park
Young anglers, ages 7-12, are invited to register for this free fishing event. Space is limited!  

Earth Jam  
Saturday, April 27 
4:00-7:00 pm
Robbins Park
We've pumped up the jam to make our Earth Day celebration even better, including bluegrass bands, food trucks, local brews and "green" activities and vendors for all. You can even pre-order a farm-to-table picnic meal from FORK! to enjoy at the event. Special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Heartwood Tree Service; Media Sponsor, WSIC; and partners, Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists and NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

Sunday, April 28,  2:00 pm 
McEver Field #2
Boys and girls, ages 7-14, are invited to participate in this free, local competition, affiliated with Major League Baseball. Pre-register (preferred) or walk up.
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Cornelius Pacers Running Group

Get ready for warmer weather - register for the next sessions of these popular classes: 

NEW:  Cornelius Pacers   - Are you looking for a fun, motivated and motivational running group? No matter your experience or level, you can set find your best pace with this group on Monday and Thursday nights for six weeks at Bailey Road Track, starting April 8 .
SKWOD Fit Camp - Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks at Bailey Road Recreation Center, starting April 2.
Senior Fit Club - Monday and Wednesday mornings for six weeks at Fitness by Jeri, starting April 22. 
Tai Chi for Health - Thursday mornings at Town Hall or Saturday mornings at Bailey Road Recreation Center, in eight-week sessions starting April 25 or 27.  

Check out these Drop-in Classes - pay as you go, with no preregistration required:
Cardio Funk - Monday evenings or Saturday mornings at Bailey Road Recreation Center. $5 per class or $40 for a 10-class card.
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Child with frog
Does your child enjoy nature? Fascinated by animals and insects? Register now for this new program for ages 7-12. Participants will take part in a weekly field experience promoting being outdoors, observing nature, doing scientific investigation, and practicing environmental stewardship at Robbins Park. Led by Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. On Tuesdays, April 16-May 21, 6:30-7:30 pm, at Westmoreland Athletic Complex. Get more details and register.
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Now Hiring
We are seeking enthusiastic individuals for part-time positions, including summer camp staff for our full-day and half-day camps, bus drivers, and park maintenance. Some positions may have the opportunity to expand beyond summer. Must be at least 18 years old to apply. Read more!
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Spring B session begins the week of April 22 for youth and adults. Sign up today!

Join us on Mondays and Thursdays through April 18, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, at Drop-In Art for ages 3 and up. Mixed media projects are adaptable to each age. $5 per hour per child, payable online or at the door. Starting the week of April 22, Drop-In Art will be offered on Thursdays only.

Up next in our gallery: Bright Ideas, our first juried exhibition. Come meet the artists at our Opening Reception on Friday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 pm.

Be sure to check out this month's CAC events:
  A Morning with the Easter Bunny on April 12 and Art in the Park on April 16! 
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For individuals with a disability, in partnership with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

Registration remains open for Northern Adventures Summer Day Camp! There will be eight weeks of camps for ages 13-21, with youth and teens each having their own group. Camp will be held at The Dellwood Center in Huntersville. $125 per week. For details, email Danielle Dobbs or call 980-314-1309.   Check out the TR programs Facebook page!