Please note that the CA&C Depot is no longer available as a rentable venue.

The William A. Stroud Welcome Center is located in the beautifully restored and updated Cleveland, Akron & Columbus (CA&C) Railroad Depot.

 Rental/Food/Alcohol/Park Policies

There are several picnic pavilions available in The Lakes area of Ariel-Foundation Park. The two largest pavilions may be reserved for community or family events such as family reunions, birthday parties, 5K races, or meeting areas for civic groups. Please be aware that these venues are in high demand. Reservations are made months in advance and we cannot guaruntee availability on your desired date.

The smaller picnic pavilions are available and may be used without reservations. All pavilions offer gorgeous scenic views of The Lakes and The Woods areas of the park.

The Park National Bank Pavilion has a capacity of 256. The cost is $50. Kiwanis Pavilion can hold up to 40 and is free. Both pavilions are equipped with lighting and electrical outlets. Both are close to restrooms and have ample parking.


Park National Bank Pailion and Kiwanis Pavilion remained closed until further notice.

Expectations for personal use of small picnic pavilions:

  • No gatherings over 10 people
  • Use a tablecloth and/or disinfect the table and bench when done.
  • Place trash/recycling in propre bins or take it with you.
  • If these expectations cannot be met, small pavilions will be closed.

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Park Policies/Food & Alcohol Policies


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Video created by Carol Shurlow.

The Meadows is a wide open, flat space to the west of The Ruins and The Terraces. This is the perfect area for games and activities that require a large grassy area. It is an inviting spot to toss a Frisbee or fly a kite.

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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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