Some of the most unique features of Ariel-Foundation Park are the spectacular earthen terraces.

Inspired by the works of American landscape architect Charles Jencks, the terraces add a dramatic vertical dimension to the landscape. Curvilinear reflecting ponds surround the terraced hillsides, and spiral paths lead up to the terrace peaks for bird’s-eye views of the park. Another breathtaking aspect of the terraces is the River of Glass. It pays homage to PPG Works No. 11, honoring the significant contributions of the family members who worked for PPG. Flowing down one of the hillsides near the Schnormeier Events Center and Tree of Life Labyrinth, it is fashioned with chunks of glass, called “cullet”, and crushed glass.



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My kids like to climb up and run down the grassy paths.

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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