In late 2019, New Albany will open Rose Run Park, a green centerpiece of the redevelopment of the village center that will connect people to each other, our civic amenities and nature.
In addition to creating the park and preserving natural elements of the Rose Run Greenway, the project enhances child safety along Dublin-Granville Road with dedicated walking and biking lanes and builds upon previous stream-restoration efforts to improve stream quality, as well as stormwater capacity.
Construction and road changes
As a result of the project, changes to the New Albany-Plain Local School District's drop-off routes Aug. 16 and closure of portions of Dublin-Granville Road on Oct. 1 are necessary to protect community safety, especially for students, and enable construction to take place efficiently.
Village Hall Road near Market and Main streets, just past the first entrance into the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany parking lot, will close permanently on October to allow for construction of new amenities on the south side of the park and upgrades to the parking lot.
New Albany has worked closely with the school district and Messer Construction to provide a plan that causes the least amount of disruption. We appreciate residents' patience and believe the results will be worth the wait.
The future Rose Run Park is bordered by Dublin-Granville Road to the north, Main Street to the east and Fodor Road to the west. North of Dublin-Granville Road, a terraced limestone and grass wall will provide expanded seating for large events.
Dublin-Granville Road will remain two lanes and New Albany's first protected bike lane, called a velo loop, will be added.
Brick crosswalks will connect the school-district campus to the park. South of the crosswalk a brick plaza area and overlook form a link to the park and provide additional seating.
South of Dublin-Granville Road, a pedestrian bridge will offer an attractive pathway across the stream. A walk lined with birch trees will connect the creek area to the New Albany branch of the Columbus Public Library, where a garden provides scenic seating for library activities or casual reading.
Along the creek, a natural play area will inspire exploration for all ages. The park also will feature a leisure trail and a bike hub.
A generous tree canopy will provide shady areas for walking and relaxing.
Planning and financing
Rose Run Park is the culmination of years of study and planning that began in 2003 and involved citizens and representatives of New Albany City Council; the city's planning commission, architectural-review board and parks-and-trails advisory board; and New Albany staff members.
The project is expected to cost approximately $17 million and is being financed through the sale of bonds. Because of triple-A bond ratings from both Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings, New Albany was able to secure a true interest cost of 3.13 percent over a 20-year period for this project.
For more information on Rose Run Park, as well as construction updates on the project, go to newalbanyohio.org/answers/rose-run-park.
Adrienne Joly is director of administrative services for New Albany.