Recent Reviews

We love to hear personal stories about people's interactions with and experiences at Ariel-Foundation Park. Thousands of people visit the park annually, whether traveling through on the bike trails, enjoying a stroll with the family dog, challenging themselves to climb Rastin Tower, or taking in one of our many concert events. It's an exciting place to be and we love sharing it with Ohio and beyond.

But don't take our word for it...

Summer Update from Park Director

People enjoying summer at the ParkDear Ariel-Foundation Park visitors,

I am so happy to be writing this after our shared experience over the past 12 months. No doubt you share the same sense of excitement and anticipation that I personally feel as the moment draws closer for the kind of Ariel-Foundation Park summer that we all know and love to begin.

Park Triathlon/Duathlon Cancelled

triathlon cancelledAriel-Foundation Park leadership is disappointed to announce that the triathlon/duathlon scheduled for Aug. 29 has been cancelled. HFP Racing, the organization planning and executing the event, has been purchased by another company and the date conflicts with an existing event for the new company. 

Park seeks July 4 volunteers

July 4 volunteersWould your group or organization be interested in volunteering at Ariel-Foundation Park on July 4? Individuals are welcome to volunteer as well.

Kokosing River Restoration Project Update

breach in the levy on West Lake and Kokosing RiverWhat’s happening at the Park? Some folks have been asking us about the heavy equipment and large amounts of earth being moved in the western area of the park. The breach that occurred a few years ago at the edge of the West Lake and Kokosing River is being repaired.

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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