Ariel-Foundation Park was developed by volunteers using funds and services donated by generous businesses, foundations and individuals. Following its Grand Opening on July 4, 2015, the park was given to the City of Mount Vernon. The Foundation Park Conservancy is a nonprofit organization committed to providing financial support for the park, preserving the park and developing programming for the park.
Tax-deductible contributions may be made to: Foundation Park Conservancy, PO Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Tower Friend ($1,000) - Supports maintenance of historical structures and other buildings
Terrace Friend ($500) - Supports cultivation of grass and other green areas
Tree Friend ($250) - Supports care and planting of trees and plants
Trail Friend ($100) - Supports ongoing upkeep of walking trails and sidewalks
PPG Employee Timecards
Former PPG employees can be honored with a permanent PPG Timecard which will be displayed in the Clock House & Museum. The cost is $250. Click below to fill out the form and make online payment.
Become a Lighting Partner
You can become a Lighting Partner and honor someone you love or celebrate a special occasion by "renting" the Rastin Tower lights or the downtown bridge lights for one night or longer. Ariel-Foundation Park will light the tower or bridges (or both) in the color(s) of your choice. Click to learn more...
Foundation Park Conservancy welcomes gifts to the park made in memory or honor of individuals. Acknowledgements will be sent for all gifts, both to the donor and to the person or family of the person memorialized/honored.
Memorial/Honorary Gifts are a thoughtful way to recognize the impact of someone’s past or current life. Gifts to the Foundation Park Conservancy will be invested in the park to enhance the preservation and opportunities for enjoyment of the park.
To maintain the beauty and mission of the park, all memorial/honorarium requests will be reviewed by the Foundation Park Conservancy Development Committee and are subject to approval.
Sunset swings have been a beautiful and appreciated addition to "The Lakes" area of the park. Each powder-coated metal two-seat swing will sit on a concrete pad, offering a place to relax while watching the sunset at the park. These swings will be a wonderful place to unwind at the end of stressful day; to share a special moment among family members; or to take prom, engagement or wedding photos. Each swing will feature a metal sign above with wording of your choice (limited characters). The cost to commemorate a swing is $5,000, which covers creation of the swing, installation, and maintenance. To learn more, contact Melanie Bolender at 740-397-5757.
The Foundation Park Conservancy is in the process of replacing three wooden benches that provide a resting spot near the East Lake. They are weathered and aging. The plan is to replace them with more durable and modern iron benches as seen in the photo on the right. The cost to name a permanent bench in honor or memory of someone special is $3,000, which covers replacement of the cement base, fabrication, installation, and maintenance. To learn more, contact Melanie Bolender at [email protected]
The book, “Ariel-Foundation Park: The Story of an Ohio Town that Preserved its History and Transformed an Abandoned Industrial Site into a World-Class Park” by Aaron Keirns is available for purchase at Paragraphs Bookstore and The Kenyon Bookstore.
Park Events and Projects