Improvements Coming to Ariel-Foundation Park

Foundation Park Conservancy receives grants enabling big improvements to Ariel-Foundation Park

glass doors exampleFoundation Park Conservancy is proud to announce that it has received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County and a generous grant from Ariel Foundation.

Park Looking for Volunteers for 2017 Season


Ariel-Foundation Park is gearing up for an active 2017 season and is looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles, some of which include serving at the Urton Clock House Museum, at concerts, at the Rastin Challenge and throughout the park performing landscaping and cleanup.

What Does Rastin Tower Sound Like?


Did you even know that stationery (or what we view to be stationery) objects can make sounds? Richard Hannon, central Ohio photographer, writer, blogger, and field sound recordist, can tell you they most certanly do.

Park Has Successful 2016

2016 Year in Review LRThis has been a busy year at Ariel-Foundation Park. With an exciting number of events, rentals, and pavilion reservations, we anticipate an even more active 2017.

"Ariel-Foundation Park" Book and Author to Receive Award

Book CoverAaron Keirns, historian and author of the book “Ariel-Foundation Park,” will be honored with an Ohio Local History Alliance Excellence in Achievement Award at the organization’s annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Columbus, Ohio.

The book evolved from a desire by Ted Schnormeier, director of the Ariel-Foundation Park project, to document the creation of the park from original concept to grand opening. Keirns, also the main photographer for the book, was brought in to photograph the entire process over a period of two years. As a volunteer member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Keirns was also able to document behind-the-scenes activity and gather a wealth of information and insights from key participants.

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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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