Park Continues to be Recognized as Fascinating Destination

Taken by Brian GrayAriel-Foundation Park, now in its fifth year, was recently recognized by several publications and websites as a top destination. Its unique features such as the Rastin Observation Tower, The Terraces, The Ruins and The Lakes make the park a great outdoor getaway spot, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Brian Gray)


The park was awarded “Traveler’s Choice” status by for 2020. To be named in the “Traveler’s Choice” category, a Tripadvisor listing must consistently receive great reviews and be ranked within the top ten percent of all locations on Tripadvisor. The park has more than 100 reviews on Trip Advisor and is ranked as the No. 1 activity in Mount Vernon.

Atlas Obsura, a global community of explorers, is an online database of the world’s “most wondrous places and foods,” which includes more than 21,000 listings. The park was added as a new listing for 2020. It is a publisher of best-in-class journalism about hidden places, incredible history, scientific marvels, and gastronomical wonders. Its first book, Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, was a No. 1 bestseller on Amazon and in the New York Times.

The park will also be featured on an upcoming episode of the new television show “Restoration Road” with Clint Harp on the Magnolia Network. Woodworker Harp travels the country in search of some of the oldest, most beautiful structures still standing today, examining how they were built, restored and given new life by some of the country's most talented craftsmen.

Fox 8 out of Cleveland is traveling to Mount Vernon to do a “Day Trips” feature on the park later in September and the park appeared in the “Best of the Midwest 2020” travel publication.

“It’s really exciting and gratifying to see the park be recognized by such a diverse array of publications and websites,” said Marketing Director Carrie Haver. “We truly have a gem in our community that helps attract visitors to our area, bringing them here to stay, shop and eat locally.” Haver added that the 2020 visitor log in the Urton Clock House/Museum features guests from 59 different zip codes, four states and two countries.

With more than 250 acres, Ariel-Foundation Park is a stunning, world-class example of adaptive reuse. Built on the former site of once the largest Pittsburgh Plate Glass plant in the world and former sand/gravel pits, the park continues to honor its industrial heritage while being a truly distinctive travel destination.

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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