On the western side of Ariel-Foundation Park is a newly created wildflower/pollinator garden. Comprised of 16 acres, development of this section of the park started in 2018 when park leaders came together with the Mount Vernon/Knox County Shade Tree Commission to discuss a greater vision for this area.

The upper rim is now home to an arboretum featuring the 50 native tree species of Ohio. These young trees are growing strong and will soon be an educational destination for area school children and their teachers with learning opportunities focused on nature, tree growth and identification.

With a first planting of more than 50 different wildflower species in the early spring of 2019, the lower "bowl" of the western portion of the park has become a lovely wildflower/pollinator garden. In consulting with Ohio Department of Natural Resources experts, we believe it has the potential to significantly impact populations of birds, bees and butterflies within a 25-mile radius. This area will continue to be groomed and reseeded as necessary with walking paths eventually mowed.

More plans for the future are in the works for this area of the park as well.

We are grateful to the Shade Tree Commission for their continued dedication and support in helping to create a stunning natural area for all to learn about and enjoy!



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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
1700 Old Delaware Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

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