• One of the most unique vantage points in Mount Vernon, Ohio is the Rastin Observation Tower at Ariel-Foundation Park.

  • One unique and beautiful feature of Ariel-Foundation Park is The Tree of Life Labyrinth, which can be accessed from The Woods, and is near the Schnormeier Events Center.

  • Ariel-Foundation Park has three beautiful large lakes that were once gravel quarries.

  • Located along the south side of The Lakes, The Woods offer a cool and calming environment.

  • Some of the most unique features of Ariel-Foundation Park are the spectacular earthen terraces.

  • Visitors at Ariel-Foundation Park are able to walk among the partial remains of the massive glass-making facility that once stood there.

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Latest News

  • Improvements Coming to Ariel-Foundation Park

    Improvements Coming to Ariel-Foundation Park

    Foundation Park Conservancy receives grants enabling big improvements to Ariel-Foundation Park Foundation Park Conservancy is proud to announce that it has received a $50,000 grant from the Community...
  • Park Looking for Volunteers for 2017 Season

    Park Looking for Volunteers for 2017 Season

    Ariel-Foundation Park is gearing up for an active 2017 season and is looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles, some of which include serving at the Urton Clock House Museum, at concerts, at t...
  • Park Has Successful 2016

    Park Has Successful 2016

    This has been a busy year at Ariel-Foundation Park. With an exciting number of events, rentals, and pavilion reservations, we anticipate an even more active 2017.

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Park Info



 Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages.

Visiting Hours

Ariel-Foundation Park is officially open April 1 through November 15. Some areas of the park are accessible to pedestrians year-round. Daily hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees. The Rastin Observation Tower, park museum, picnic pavillions, trails and other park features are free and open to the public. The Rastin Observation Tower is closed during winter months.

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