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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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

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Challenges for first responders will begin 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 Knox County resident pursuing a career in safety service. The public will be encouraged to observe the challenges and show support for first responders.

Various safety service-related displays will be available during the morning and afternoon as well.

Youth and civilian challenges will be held in the afternoon beginning at noon. Civilian challenges include stair climb (4-person team) and fire truck pull (6-person team). Youth will have an opportunity to compete in various physical activities related to careers in safety service, including standing broad jump, terrace climb, pull ups, push ups, sit ups, and burpees. Members of the Mount Vernon Police Department will lead bike rides around the park so youth should bring their bikes and helmets!

Concessions will be available, including beer and wine. There will be a free concert that evening - Mowtown Sounds of Touch at 7:30 p.m. in the Schnormeier Event Center.

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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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July 4 Activities

July4Map Ariel-Foundation Park will host Mount Vernon's fireworks on Monday, July 4. The fireworks, expected to start around 10 p.m., are preceded by concerts, including KrisB's Midnight Railroad (3 p.m.), American Idol's Alexis Gomez and the Mad River Band (6 p.m.), and The Dublin Silver Band (8:30 p.m.).

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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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