New Sunset Swings Present Opportunity to Honor Loved One

swingsFoundation Park Conservancy is excited to announce the addition of sunset swings to the park this spring. Most of the swings, which were designed, crafted and installed by Custom Cutters of Mount Vernon, will be located around the central lake in The Lakes area of the park.

 Each powder-coated metal two-seat swing will sit on a concrete pad, created by United Aggregates, offering a place to relax while watching the sunset at the park. These swings will be a wonderful place to unwind at the end of stressful day; to share a special moment among family members; or to take prom, engagement or wedding photos. Michael Percy, Conservancy board member, has led the planning and execution of this effort.

"Funding a sunset swing would be a special way to memorialize a loved one or to honor a group in the community," said Conservancy board member Melanie Bolender. "A plaque will be placed on each swing naming the honoree(s). Funds raised from the naming of the swings will cover the cost of the swing and support maintenance and development of the park."

"The swings will be easily accessible and strategically located to allow the community to enjoy the beauty of the park as the sun sets across the water," explained Conservancy President Kim Rose.

Ten swings have been created, four of which are already reserved. The cost for a swing is $5,000. 

Photo: Seated (L-R): Jeff Wintermute, United Aggregates; Melanie Bolendar, Foundation Park Conservancy; Chip Street, Custom Cutters. Standing (L-R): Scott Zimmerman, park Operations Director; Michael Percy, Foundation Park Conservancy; Joe Street, Custom Cutters.

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
1700 Old Delaware Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

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