MOUNT VERNON – At the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Ariel~Foundation Park, organizers and volunteers are planning on many activities that will attract the family. Among those activities will be fishing, canoeing, kayaking, nature walks, tractor trailer rides, and picnics. Visitors will also have a wide selection of food from various area vendors at the 250-acre green space at 10 Pittsburgh Avenue beginning at 1pm.
Carol Garner, Event Chair, has been hard at work with a team of volunteers who are planning to make the event historic and memorable for the entire community. “Parks bring people together,” said Garner. “Ariel~Foundation Park is a great place for all of us to enjoy. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The first 100 children to arrive at the event will receive free Frisbees, kites, and fishing poles. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is waiving required fishing licenses for children only at this event. “There is something for everyone,” said Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis. “In addition to dedicating this beautiful new park in Mount Vernon, it’s really about having fun for the whole family.”
In addition to the activities geared toward children (young and old), attendees will be able to peruse a vintage car show. Also, a weaving demonstration is available at the llama petting zoo. Spectators will also see some mimes offering entertainment at different locations within the park. Entertainment is also provided at the First-Knox Pavilion with Elixir and the Chautauqua series performing at 2 pm. The cast from MTVarts’ Mary Poppins will follow at 3:30 – 5 pm. Swing’s the Thing will warm up the crowd at the Schnormeier Event Center beginning at 5 pm followed
by the North Side Jazz Band, and the Brass Band of Columbus.
The night sky will also be a canvas for the event complete with the opportunity for visitors to ascend the spiral stair case surrounding the former PPG smoke stack for a skyline view of Mount Vernon. As the sun goes down, spectators will enjoy a laser light show choreographed to the Brass Band of Columbus’ 45-piece ensemble. Wrapping up the event will be a spectacular firework show.
This event is free and open to the public. More information can be found at www.arielfoundationpark.org.