Ariel-Foundation Park has three beautiful large lakes that were once gravel quarries.

Seven pavilions situated around the lakes make this the perfect spot to gather for a picnic. The Park National Bank Pavilion and Patio and other pavilions are available for reservation. Visitors also enjoy the paved pathways, benches, and public restrooms in The Lakes area. Other attractions include a historic bowstring truss bridge and a narrow isthmus leading to Mavis Island. This island was dedicated to Mayor Richard K. Mavis, celebrating and honoring his vision and leadership in the development of Ariel-Foundation Park. Boating and fishing, with restrictions, are allowed. Please read Park Rules.



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We like to kayak in the mornings when the water is like glass.



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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