Thank you to the following families, individuals, businesses and organizations that support the park financially through our "Friends of the Park" campaign. A minimum annual donation of $100 allows you to participate in the maintenance, care, and programming of Ariel-Foundation Park.

2018 Friends of the Park

Tower Friends: $1,000 or more

James and Maureen Buchwald
Diamond Hill Capital Investments
Ellis Brothers, Inc.
Arline Landers Foundation
David and Anne McElroy
Mark and Denise Ramser
Strang Glass - Jeff Ulery
United Aggregates, Inc.
Gordy and Fran Yance


Terrace Friends: $500-999

Marc and Jennifer Odenweller
Kim and Pam Rose


Tree Friends: $250-499

Keith and Katie Burley
Travis Lauritsen
Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club
Mount Vernon Rotary Club
Richard and Susan Murray
Amy D. Murnen
Michael Percy and Nicole Pagano Percy
Joe and Kay Randall
Kurt and Sandra Schisler
Steve and Janet Thompson
Perry and Louise Trinkner


Trail Friends: $100-249

Bob and Kathy Atwell
Sam and Paula Barone
Phillip Bentz
Barry Bowden
Leroy and Juanita Bumpus
Ed and Jan Cosby
Ron and Candy Fox
Jim and Kim Giles
Burt and Lois Hanson
Paul Hothem
Tim & Susan Kahrl
Jerry and Barbara Lindstrom
Richard and Peggy Mavis
Roger McCoy
Elisabeth Meier
Sam Miller
Joe and Krys Mortellaro
Joe and Sally Nelson
Peoples Bank of Gambier
Larry and Sarah Goslee Reed
Robert and Patricia Ronk
Jim and Ana Ronk
Jaime Samuell
Keith and Vicki Sant
Carol Shurlow
Paul and Linda Spurgeon
Susan Sukys
Ian and Charlotte Watson


Other: Up to $100

Rodney Beckett


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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