SOLAR ECLIPSE 2024 – Party at the Park

April 8, 2024 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Ariel-Foundation Park

SPI Eclipse Party

On Monday, April 8, 2024, it is estimated between 3:08-3:19 pm people within a 115-mile-wide band across the state of Ohio will experience a total solar eclipse.

  • A solar eclipse: when the moon casts its shadow on the Earth as it passes between the Earth and the Sun.
  • A total solar eclipse: when the moon appears to totally obscure the Sun. (According to NASA, the sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk.)

A total solar eclipse is a rare and spectacular event. On average, one happens somewhere on the Earth only once every 1.5 years. Only 21 total solar eclipses have crossed the lower 48 states in the entire existence of the United States.

The last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio was in 1806. The next total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in 2099. To learn more about visit

Our Park on April 8:

We anticipate our park to be crowded, and traffic flow to be heavy. Please exercise caution and patience while navigating our park during this unusually busy time.


  • Our hours are: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (no admissions or parking fees)
  • Due to unpredictable crowds and traffic, no rental facilities are available for reservation.
  • Please only park in a designated areas and obey all posted signage throughout our park
  • Weather permitting: Rastin Observation Tower and Urton Clockhouse museum will be open, and all trails, benches, swings and grass areas are available to the public.

Travel Tips on April 8:

Planning to visit us the day of the eclipse? Prepare for extra travel time and large crowds.

  • Pack extra food, water, and medication.
  • Food and gasoline could be scarce with so many people expected to travel on this day.
  • Bring a raincoat, handwarmers, toiletries, and extra toilet paper.
  • Wear layers and prepare for Ohio’s unpredictable spring weather.
  • Arrive at the park early.
  • Stay late after the eclipse to avoid traffic jams.
  • Cell phone service may be limited due to heightened network use.

Read more preparedness tips on Ohio EMA’s eclipse website.

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