New Albany's Rose Run Park pedestrian bridge will be named Raines Crossing in recognition of a donation from a New Albany family toward the construction of the community's planned amphitheater.
Residents Sandy Raines and Ron Cadieux donated $500,000 for the amphitheater project, said New Albany Community Foundation president Craig Mohre, bringing the total funds secured for it to about $6.5 million.
Raines called the city an amazing community personally and professionally for their family in the 20 years they have lived here.
This month marks 20 years since the couple's daughter, Laura Raines, was severely injured after an elevator malfunction, Raines said. She praised the community response following that accident.
"It was incredible, honestly," she said.
Construction on the amphitheater, which will be adjacent to the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road, is expected to begin this spring.
New Albany City Council recently approved legislation allowing feature elements of the Rose Run Park to be named in recognition of financial contributions toward the amphitheater.
Council on Dec. 2 voted 6-0 to approve a resolution authorizing City Manager Joseph Stefanov to enter into a donation agreement with the New Albany Community Foundation and allowing it to collect donations on the city's behalf, with council's direction. Council member Matt Shull was absent for the vote.
According to a legislative report for council members, contributions toward the amphitheater's construction could be recognized by naming key elements of Rose Run Park -- the bridge and plaza, the reading garden and the natural play area.
Rose Run Park is part of the Rose Run stream corridor that runs mostly parallel to Dublin-Granville Road through New Albany, and it previously had been accessible only by leisure trails.
The park project includes the 34-foot pedestrian bridge and promenade that would connect the district campus on the north side of Dublin-Granville to the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Market Square to the south.
Letters will be placed on the bridge to recognize it as Raines Crossing, said city spokesman Scott McAfee.
The bridge and park are expected to be open to the public by the end of this month, McAfee said, but some plantings in the park won't occur until spring.