towerLRYou can become a Lighting Partner for the Rastin Tower or the Downtown Footbridge and honor someone you love or celebrate a special occasion by "renting" the lights for one night or longer. Ariel-Foundation Park will light the tower, footbridge, or both in the color(s) of your choice. PLEASE NOTE: We need at least one week's notice.

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  • Live web-cam feed (tower only) on the Rastin Tower page on the website
  • Announcement on Ariel-Foundation Park Facebook page
  • Certificate with still photo featuring your color mailed to honoree


  • Special anniversaries
  • Milestone birthdays
  • Wedding color(s)
  • School/alumni color(s)
  • Retirements
  • Causted like Breast Cancer Awareness and National Police Week


  • $50 for one color for one night for either tower or bridge ($75 for both tower and bridge)
  • $75 for two colors for one night for either tower or bridge ($125 for both tower and bridge)
  • $200 for one color for one week for either tower or bridge ($350 for both tower and bridge)
  • For rentals lasting more than one week, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to work out specific details.

bridgelightsTerms of Application:

  • Applicants will be officially notified of acceptance or rejection via e-mail or phone.
  • Unavailable dates include July 4 and Christmas or any other dates the Foundation Park Conservancy has a specific lighting scheme planned.
  • Ariel-Foundation Park is under no obligation to provide any feedback if application is denied.
  • The Foundation Park Conservancy has sole discretion over what lightings are and are not approved.
  • There is no agreement renewal; current/past Lighting Partners must apply each year to be considered.
  • Approved applicant must promote the lighting beyond the included publicity.
  • Rastin Tower will not be lit for political campaigns or candidates, or religious holidays other than Christmas.








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
City Hall, 40 Public Square, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

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