Parks to Kids Day 410Ariel-Foundation Park will celebrate the tenth anniversary of National Kids to Parks Day with an emphasis on virtual activities and those which can be done via social distancing. Celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May since 2001, it is a national day of play that connects kids and families with their local, state and national parks. Created by the National Park Trust, this year’s “Parks to Kids Day” will bring a much-needed infusion of the outdoors to kids and families as they isolate at home and practice social distancing.

fitness onlineFoundation Park Conservancy is proud to offer a variety of FREE physical fitness activities at the park this summer. All will be held in the Schnormeier Event Center and are sponsored by the Ohio Eastern Star Home and each of the fitness providers including Marshall Winkle, Crossfit 1808, Amber Hawkins, Nisha Maxwell, Shakti Fit, Mount Vernon's YMCA and Step Into Fitness.

summer bagpipe concertsSundays in June and July - 8:30 p.m.
Red bridge on Central Lake
Social distancing guidelines should be followed.

Bagpipe music at sunset will once again fill the lakeside air in Ariel-Foundation Park this summer. A piper will be playing at the red bridge on Center Lake at 8:30 p.m. Sunday evenings in June and July.

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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