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View the 2017 Annual Report.

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, 2016, 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

Giving levels:
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

VIEW A LIST OF 2018 FRIENDS OF THE PARK

PPG Employee Timecards

PPG 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. Please FILL OUT THIS FORM regardless of whether you pay online or mail a check.

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Book Available

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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.

 

IMG 5707Become 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 footbridge lights for one night or longer. Ariel-Foundation Park will light the tower or footbridge (or both) in the color(s) of your choice. Click to learn more...

 

Memorial Gifts

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.

Read the Memorial Policy.

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

swingLR2Sunset 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 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.

 

Park Events and Projects

For information about supporting specific park events or projects, please contact the Development Chairperson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


Park Info

 

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 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]
740-501-9293

Mount Vernon City Parks Department
City Hall, 40 Public Square, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]
740-393-9577

 
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