Mount Vernon, Ohio: Factory Ruins and Sculpture Park

Old glass factory selectively demolished and recast as an art park. Spiral stairs halfway up old smokestack, ruins, labyrinth...

Ariel Foundation Park

10 Pittsburgh Ave, Mount Vernon, OH
From downtown Mt. Vernon take Main St (SR 13) south. As soon as you cross the river, turn right (south) at the train depot / Columbus Rd. Take this to either Madison Ave, the first entrance you'll see, or head further south to Pittsburgh Ave. Turn left (west) at either location.
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Factory Ruins and Sculpture Park

Even though the observation deck only goes halfway up the tower, it is still a long way up, and it helps to take short breathers on the landings. The entrance to the tower is protected by a turnstile that operates via buzzer -- a good long buzz will turn it enough to get you through. I mistimed mine and was trapped for a few seconds until my companion stopped laughing and let himself in behind me.

The slag is gorgeous, and signs remind visitors to look but not touch (souvenir hunting seems to be a problem, as are the Canada geese that are territorial and quite touchy about the "waterfall").

[Kitsa, 07/18/2017]

Factory art park.

Factory Ruins and Sculpture Park

Ariel Foundation Park is on South Norton Street in Mount Vernon and is fairly new. It includes a nature preserve as well as a sculpture garden with terraces that is made up of remnants of an old glass-making facility. There is a giant smokestack you can climb to the top to see a good portion of Mount Vernon, and it's breathtaking!

[Carson Shaw, 10/25/2015]

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