Numerous Park Improvements Completed During Summer

IMG 6934The Foundation Park Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Mount Vernon, has completed a variety of improvements since spring at Ariel-Foundation Park.

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FPC Receives Ohio Arts Council Grant

oac full color rgb logoFoundation Park Conservancy is proud to announce that it has received a $4,800 grant from the Ohio Arts Council toward its free concert series. A portion of the funding will be used for this year’s events and a portion will be used for the 2017 series. The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.

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Ariel Corporation 50th Anniversary

Ariel tentAriel-Foundation Park is proud to be the home of Ariel Corporation's 50th anniversary celebrations! The events are private, corporate affairs and the extraordinary tent erected in The Ruins area of the park will be kept secure around its perimeter, including the Urton Clock House museum, for the month of June. Our apologies for any inconvenience during this hallmark event for our community. The Urton Clock House will be re-opened regularly for the July 4th festivities and throughout the season.

Rastin Challenge First Responder Information

Rastin Challenge badgeSaturday, August 25, 2018

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Challenges for first responders will begin immediately after the Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m. Funds raised will be used for cash awards for the competing departments and will go toward a scholarship fund for a current Knox County first responder pursuing higher education or additional training. The public is encouraged to show support for first responders by attending the event.

  • Various safety service-related displays will be available during the event.
  • Youth challenges, led by the YMCA, will be held in the afternoon, including Softball Throw (with a weighted ball), Broad Jump, Push-Ups (as many in one minute), Hill Run, Bear Crawl, Sack Race, Spoon/Egg Walk, and Hula Hoop.
  • FREE breakfast for first responders from Tim Horton's. Concessions will be available the duration of the event.
  • Lunch will be available for purchase from Trinity Baptist Church.
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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 open during winter months, as long as weather allows.

Contact Us

Foundation Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

Mount Vernon City Parks Department
City Hall, 40 Public Square, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

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