Tower closes; park remains open during COVID-19 situation

Tower closedThe Foundation Park Conservancy met virtually on the morning of Monday, March 23, to discuss events and items related to Ariel-Foundation Park and the current COVID-19 situation. Public health is a priority for park leadership and is a major reason for the park’s existence.

Park Seeks Part-Time Event Facilitators


Work for three esteemed venues. Great potential for hours and growth. Ideal for retirees, teachers wanting summer employment, college students, etc. Could be seasonal; potential to be year-round. Must be a HS graduate.

Fritz and Holland Join Park Staff

The Foundation Park Conservancy is excited to announce the hire of two new staff members at Ariel-Foundation Park. Mark Fritz will serve as operations director, and Jody Holland has been brought on board as the park's nature programs coordinator.

Wildflower Project Continues to Take Shape

Jody Holland and Mark Fritz working on the wildflower fieldSteady progress is being made on the wildflower/pollinator gardens on the west side of Ariel-Foundation Park. If the weather cooperates, discing is happening this week to prepare the soil for the winter.

Garage Doors Project Coming to Completion

doors3What began as a discussion after a rained-out wedding in Ariel-Foundation Park's Schnormeier Event Center in the fall of 2016 is finally becoming a reality. It's been a long process, but the installation of large overhead doors on the event center will be completed sometime in June.

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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]

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