Kokosing River Restoration Project Update April 2021

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.

This will allow kayakers to launch in West Lake then paddle over and carry their kayaks over the transitional breach to the river. It’s a WOW project that will benefit users of the park and enhance the park experience in that area. We are very excited to be doing this park improvement this year after such trying times over the past long months.

The City of Mount Vernon and the Foundation Park Conservancy have partnered striving for a quality park experience for all visitors.

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Mark Fritz
Director of Operations

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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