"Ariel-Foundation Park" Book and Author to Receive Award

Book CoverAaron Keirns, historian and author of the book “Ariel-Foundation Park,” will be honored with an Ohio Local History Alliance Excellence in Achievement Award at the organization’s annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Columbus, Ohio.

The book evolved from a desire by Ted Schnormeier, director of the Ariel-Foundation Park project, to document the creation of the park from original concept to grand opening. Keirns, also the main photographer for the book, was brought in to photograph the entire process over a period of two years. As a volunteer member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Keirns was also able to document behind-the-scenes activity and gather a wealth of information and insights from key participants.

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First Responders Compete in Inaugural Rastin Challenge

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The Mount Vernon Fire and Police Departments, along with the Foundation Park Conservancy, hosted the inaugural Rastin Challenge at Ariel-Foundation Park on Saturday, Sept. 3. The event showcased and celebrated first responders from central Ohio.

Winners received $500, $250 or $100 for first, second and third places, respectively, to be used for their departments. Individual prizes, valued over $2,000, were also awarded. Finally, a scholarship fund will be started from event proceeds for a Knox County student seeking a career as a first responder or for  a current first responder wishing to advance his/her credentials.

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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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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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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.

Medals and cash prizes ($500 for first place) will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Checks will be made to your department association. PLUS, over $3,000 worth of individual prizes!

  • 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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