Park Has Successful 2016

2016 Year in Review LRThis has been a busy year at Ariel-Foundation Park. With an exciting number of events, rentals, and pavilion reservations, we anticipate an even more active 2017.

What Does Rastin Tower Sound Like?


Did you even know that stationery (or what we view to be stationery) objects can make sounds? Richard Hannon, central Ohio photographer, writer, blogger, and field sound recordist, can tell you they most certanly do.

First Responders Compete in Inaugural Rastin Challenge

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The Mount Vernon Fire and Police Departments, along with the Foundation Park Conservancy, hosted the inaugural Rastin Challenge at Ariel-Foundation Park on Saturday, Sept. 3. The event showcased and celebrated first responders from central Ohio.

Winners received $500, $250 or $100 for first, second and third places, respectively, to be used for their departments. Individual prizes, valued over $2,000, were also awarded. Finally, a scholarship fund will be started from event proceeds for a Knox County student seeking a career as a first responder or for  a current first responder wishing to advance his/her credentials.

"Ariel-Foundation Park" Book and Author to Receive Award

Book CoverAaron Keirns, historian and author of the book “Ariel-Foundation Park,” will be honored with an Ohio Local History Alliance Excellence in Achievement Award at the organization’s annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Columbus, Ohio.

The book evolved from a desire by Ted Schnormeier, director of the Ariel-Foundation Park project, to document the creation of the park from original concept to grand opening. Keirns, also the main photographer for the book, was brought in to photograph the entire process over a period of two years. As a volunteer member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Keirns was also able to document behind-the-scenes activity and gather a wealth of information and insights from key participants.

Numerous Park Improvements Completed During Summer

IMG 6934The Foundation Park Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Mount Vernon, has completed a variety of improvements since spring at Ariel-Foundation Park.

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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