Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ault Park

The park was established in 1911 and named after Levi Addison Ault, former park commissioner and the land was a gift from Levi and his wife Ida. The park covers over 220 acres of land that includes nature trails, play areas, and picnic areas. The park also features a lookout point with great views of the area around the Little Miami River and Lunken Airport. The beautiful Ault Park pavilion was built in 1930. The Italian Renaissance style pavilion designed by Fechheimer & Ihorst and has tall columns, a cascading water feature, and grand stairs leading up to it. From the top of the pavilion there are great views of the surrounding area. At the bottom of the pavilion are large manicured lawns and mature trees lining the gardens.

The gardens were originally designed by George Kessler and later modified by Albert D. Taylor, both well-known landscape architects. Over time the gardens have changed and a section features a rose garden while another is filled with gardens maintained by volunteers through the Adopt-A-Plot program.

Ault Park is host to many weddings and events like summer dances, Concours d’Elegance, Fourth of July fireworks, and the Reggae Run.

Ault Park
3600 Observatory Avenue, Mt. Lookout