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.
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.