fitness onlineFoundation Park Conservancy is proud to offer a variety of FREE physical fitness activities at the park this summer, including Tai Chi, yoga, Krav Maga, crossfit, THRIVE Kids, and HIIT. All will be held in the Schnormeier Event Center and are sponsored by Kahrl & Co. Insurance, the Knox County Health Department, Ohio Eastern Star Home and the Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County.


 Kahrl  sponsors

“We’re so excited to offer these great activities, free at the park this summer, thanks to our marvelous sponsors,” said park marketing director Carrie A. Haver. “For anyone who has wanted to be more active, wanted to try one of these classes, now is the perfect time. What better place than the serene setting of the park while being in the shade offered by Schnormeier Event Center? Get involved in these wonderful physical activities that have a variety of mental and emotional health benefits as well. And bring a friend!”

Schedule (DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE COPY): Classes go through mid-August (some may go longer). Some may skip July 4 week and/or Fair Week. Instructors will advise.

TAI CHI Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11:30 Marshall Winkle June 17
STRENGTH YOGA Mondays 6-7 PM Step Into Fitness June 3


Mondays 7-8 PM Lashley's Training Center June 3
THRIVE KIDS Tuesdays 10-11 AM Hannah Kelling June 4
ZUMBA Tuesdays 1-1:45 PM Amber Hawkins June 4
CARDIO DRUMMING Tuesday, 5-6 PM Nisha Maxwell June 18
YOGA Tuesdays 6-7 PM Hot Yoga Escape June 4
HIIT Wednesdays 5-6 PM YMCA - April Baker June 5
YOGA Wednesdays 6-7 PM Shakti Fit June 5
CROSSFIT Thursdays 5:30-6:30 PM Crossfit 1808 June 6


Tai Chi - Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

Yoga - Participants will need to bring a mat. Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most popular workout regime among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. Yoga is said to have originated in India during the Golden Age, nearly 26,000 years ago. Yoga can do a lot for the human body and has been proven to increase health and body awareness allowing yoga participants to better control their bodies. From flexibility increases to better body alignment, Yoga can help with a variety of ailments.

Zumba® - Perfect for everybody and every body, each Zumba® takes the “work” out of workout, mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, participants will see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Effective and fun, it’s a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility and boosted energy.

Krag Maga - Our goal is to adapt simple yet effective techniques to create Lashley's Krav Maga is for men, women, children, security officers, law enforcement agencies. Our staff has compiled more than 25 years of law enforcement experience and has over 30 years of Martial Arts experience. We have a friendly, family-like atmosphere; you are guaranteed to get results in self-defense. Lashley's Krav Maga is the flagship program of the Lashley's  Training Center. We have combined the best techniques from jiu-jitsu, krav maga,close quarter combat, edge weapons and life experiences to give you the best defensive tactics.

Crossfit - Get back to the basics on Thursday nights! Join 1808 to learn the basics of squatting, lunging, pushing, running and jumping. No experience needed. Build a solid foundation for yourself both physically and mentally. Come break a sweat, challenge yourself and leave feeling good!

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) - High-intensity interval training, also called high-intensity intermittent exercise or sprint interval training, is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods.

THRIVE Kids - We work with kids to strengthen their foundations through purposeful fitness classes which help to build their confidence, challenge their problem solving, and maximize their health. We believe purposeful movement can help every individual unlock his/her full potential and thrive. Each child has a set of current physical and mential skills (their box). At THRIVE, we aim to consistently challenge these skills and 1.) Expand the box to include more skills, 2.) Encourage growth of current skills, 3.) Aid in the pursuite of lifelong health and growth.

Cardio Drumming - Led by Nisha Maxwell, this is a fun, high-energy class for all ages. Participants will need an 18-gallon bucket/laundry bucket with rope handle, a 75cm yoga ball (large), and a set of drumsticks. Nisha will have a few extras for first-timers and sells drumsticks for $3 if needed. Come try this new experience each Tuesday!

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. Follow the park on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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