• Located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the park is a stunning 250-acre example of adaptive reuse, created on the former site of a glass-making factory. It offers architectural ruins, lakes, observation tower, walking trails, steel sculptures, a museum, and connections to both the Kokosing Gap Trail and the Heart of Ohio Trail.

  • 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.

  • The Schnormeier Event Center is a 17,000 square foot structure that has been wonderfully preserved at Ariel-Foundation Park.

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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
307 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]


Ariel-Foundation Park and Events - COVID-19 Update

To answer the question we get asked daily, we are intently monitoring the Governor's and Ohio Department of Health decisions regarding the re-opening of businesses, public facilities and the restarting of programming for all venues. Several factors need to be considered and balanced – compliance with public health measures, implementation of safeguards to protect residents and employees, and effective protections for the most vulnerable. Currently, the Foundation Park Conservancy and the City of Mount Vernon are working on plans to open facilities and provide the quality programming you have come to expect. Please know that we anticipate that re-opening will come in small steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone we serve. As we learn more from our state and county public health officials, we will communicate here the impact of that information on our decisions for the park. We thank you for your support, patience and understanding as we traverse these critical decisions within these unique times.

Finally, we will share this timely quote... “Sometimes miracles are simply good people with kind hearts.” This simple quote, author unknown, has been demonstrated many times over throughout our thoughtful and generous community. Everyday we’re learning about a new effort, another act of kindness, a simple gesture that eases stress or loneliness, or a creative way to stay in touch – these efforts have touched our hearts beyond measure. Quite simply, we have come together by staying apart. Please know how grateful we at Ariel-Foundation Park are to serve this amazing community.

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