Here are some options for teams who need lodging for the Rastin Challenge. Please note that this is move-in weekend for one of our local universities so options may be limited. Please book as soon as possible and mention the Rastin Challenge at Ariel-Foundation Park when booking.

Mount Vernon Grand Hotel
No minimum-night stay. Cost is $139.

Comfort Inn - Mount Vernon (24 rooms available as of June 10, 2019)
Discounted rate of $135+tax. Use code AFP2019 when calling to make reservations.

Comfort Inn - Bellville (78 rooms available as of June 10, 2019)
Half-hour north of Mount Vernon.
You can receive the government rate of 5% off.

The following area hotels/inns are booked full for the weekend:
Mount Vernon Inn
Kenyon Inn
Holiday Inn Express

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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