MOUNT VERNON — Thanks in part to Ted Schnormeier’s imagination and penchant to get things done, Ariel-Foundation Park is in capable hands. Schnormeier has volunteered his time and expertise to the Foundation Park Conservancy to oversee the demolition, design and construction phases of the outdoors showcase in progress. Those tasks will dominate his schedule for the next two years, and a saying he is fond of will capture his approach: Vision without execution is an hallucination.
Schnormeier and his wife, Ann, are well known for creation of the Schnormeier Gardens near Gambier. There, they have transformed an expanse of rural acreage with breathtaking gardens, picturesque structures and unique sculptures. In a similar manner, Schnormeier’s touch will be evident as work progresses at Ariel-Foundation Park.
Stone quarries and factory buildings will be transformed from eyesores to eye candy. Deep, clear lakes, terraced landscapes and wooded areas will stand alongside preserved architectural monoliths and industrial sculptures. Bicyclists and pedestrians will traverse old railbeds and the CA&C Railway Depot will welcome visitors to the convergence of the Heart of Ohio and Kokosing Gap trails. New and repurposed facilities will accommodate everything from picnics and pickup football games to large rain-or-shine gatherings.
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