Mount Vernon was recently named "Best Hometown" by Ohio Magazine--and for good reason! An on-the-rise central Ohio community of 17,000, Mount Vernon is a place where people smile and say hello to you on the sidewalk. They’re happy to recommend the best cup of coffee in town or point you to the best place for a family meal. People of all ages will find something entertaining, educational, and engaging. Explore a local park with your family, take in a show at one of our historic theatres, race the kids on a giant waterslide, or enjoy a delicious fresh-baked treat while shopping downtown.

Learn more about Mount Vernon and Knox County at the Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau. You can also read more in a special section of Ohio Magazine dedicated to Knox County.

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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