Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource

The Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department will preserve and enhance the quality of life with dynamic and accessible programs, facilities, services and the promotion of tourism. The department strives to create a strong sense of community through individual, environmental, social and economic impacts.

Established in 1995, the department offers a wide variety of service, leisure programs, activities and opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities. Park facilities, greenways and open space also provide recreational opportunities for citizens and surrounding communities.

To register online for Classes, Summer Camps, Programs & more
 visit our online registration system!

Click here for the latest Newsletter from the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Dept.
This newsletter contains information about Special Events, Classes, Programs & more!!

Food Truck Fridays 2016:      Truck Application     --     Artisan Application

Click here for the Department Parks & Facilities Brochure -- Includes a map of Four Mile Creek Greenway

Click here for the 2016 Summer Camps & Events Brochure (Updated 1/29/16)

Click here for information about the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews.


Matthews Community Center
opened in 1907 as the Town's first public school. Over the decades, the classic brick schoolhouse was expanded to meet the demands of this growing community. When the aging building faced demolition in the 1990's, the Town of Matthews stepped in with a multi-million dollar restoration effort. Now a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmark, the Community Center provides a vital link between Matthews' picturesque past and dynamic future. The center also houses Fullwood Theater - home of the Matthews Playhouse.
                       Community Center Hours:
                           Monday through Friday: 9 AM to 8 PM
                           Saturday: 9 AM to 2 PM
                           Sunday: 1 PM to 6 PM

Crews Recreation Center is the Town of Matthews' first indoor recreation center - it opened in 2006. The Recreation Center is located at 1201 Crews Rd. (behind Matthews Police Station). The Recreation Center offers a variety of programs, athletic leagues and classes to the Matthews community. Call for open gym hours.
                       Crews Recreation Center Hours:
                           Monday through Thursday: 12 PM to 9 PM
                           Friday: 12 PM to 6 PM
                           Saturday: 10 AM to 6PM
                           Sunday: 12 PM to 6 PM

                      Crews Recreation Center Office Hours:
                            Monday through Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM

McDowell Arts Center is located at 123 McDowell Street, adjacent to the Matthews Community Center. The former Agriculture Building was built in the 1920s as an extension of the old Matthews High School. In 2008 the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System transferred the building to the Town. The "MAC" is a dedicated space for the Arts!  The facility is home to a wide variety of art related classes and programs, as well as gallery space.   The McDowell Arts Center is also home to KidzArt and the Matthews Artists Guild! Call (704) 321-7275 for more information.
                     McDowell Arts Center Gallery Hours:
                         Monday through Friday: 1 PM to 8 PM
                         Saturday: 10 AM to 4 PM
                         Sunday: 1 PM to 6 PM