Park seeks July 4 volunteers

July 4 volunteersWould your group or organization be interested in volunteering at Ariel-Foundation Park on July 4? Individuals are welcome to volunteer as well.

Park Triathlon/Duathlon Cancelled

triathlon cancelledAriel-Foundation Park leadership is disappointed to announce that the triathlon/duathlon scheduled for Aug. 29 has been cancelled. HFP Racing, the organization planning and executing the event, has been purchased by another company and the date conflicts with an existing event for the new company. 

Park Seeks Experience Coordinator

Picture of people enjoying the parkPark Experience Coordinator – Job Description

A part-time, year-round Park Experience Coordinator will oversee Ariel-Foundation Park (AFP) hosted programs and community events that make this amazing community asset a focal point for recreation, entertainment, and social interaction in Knox County.

Kokosing River Restoration Project Update

breach in the levy on West Lake and Kokosing RiverWhat’s happening at the Park? Some folks have been asking us about the heavy equipment and large amounts of earth being moved in the western area of the park. The breach that occurred a few years ago at the edge of the West Lake and Kokosing River is being repaired.

Park announces winners of 5th anniversary photo contest

1AWARD Ariel SunsetThe Foundation Park Conservancy is pleased to announce the winners of its Ariel-Foundation Park 5th Anniversary Photo Contest. Jurors included Bill Ernst, art photographer; Carol Shurlow, photographer and long-time friend of the park; and Joshua Morrison, photographer for the Mount Vernon News. View all entries here...

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]

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