Parks & Trails

Overview

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A network of parks, sidewalks, and leisure trails bring life and vitality to our streets. New Albany currently has 33 miles of leisure trails for residents, visitors and business park employees to enjoy.

The New Albany Parks & Trails Advisory Board periodically evaluates the leisure trail system to prioritize which missing links are most important to be addressed.

In order to best inform this board on the existing missing leisure trail links, city staff worked with MKSK to examine existing leisure trail gaps identified through previous trail prioritization efforts. Staff walked each gap and evaluated conditions which would influence the feasibility of extending leisure trails through the area, including gathering information on grading, natural features, potential future connections and alignment considerations. These results represent the board’s findings and most recent recommendations.

Bevelhymer Park

This 145-acre park is one of three managed by the New Albany Parks & Recreation Joint Parks District (a separate entity from the City of New Albany) and serves as the hub of its activities. Parks district offices are located here along with 32 fields for baseball, softball, soccer, football, and lacrosse. The complex also offers two tennis courts, a paved walking trail, concession stands, restroom facilities, and playgrounds.

Ealy House & William Resch Park

The Ealy House is home to the New Albany Historical Society. Resch Park, located adjacent to the Ealy House, is named after our own “Nature Guy” William Resch, a lifelong educator and well-known community environmentalist.

Lambton Park

Set within the Lambton Park subdivision, this picturesque park is also close to Waterston and Upper Brandon. Amenities include leisure trails, are large pond for fishing, vast open space and a playground.

Ratchford Fens Park

Leisure trails and a bridge are integrated into this passive open space, which is arguably one of the prettiest in New Albany. This park is nestled between the Upper Fenway and Fenway subdivisions.

Rocky Fork Metro Park

The Rocky Fork Metro Park is a 1,200+ acre park that includes running trails, horse trails, a shelter house and a playground. A partnership between New Albany, Plain Township, Franklin County Metro Parks and the City of Columbus, this park received the Governor’s Award for the best parks project in the entire state in 2015. Based in large part on resident requests, New Albany City Council collaborated Metro Parks to develop, fund and build New Albany’s first dog park, which can be seen at the park’s entryway. Maintained by Metro Parks staff, this dog park is a popular destination for dog owners and their four-legged family members.

Rose Run Park

The Rose Run Creek is one of New Albany’s natural amenities with leisure trails running along both sides of the creek. Located in the heart of the community, look for future improvements to occur that enhance connections from Rose Run Park to Market Square shopping and dining, the school learning campus, McCoy Center, library and Heit Center. Future improvements could include more green space accentuating the natural beauty of the area, increased pedestrian accessibility and dedicated bike lanes.

Swickard Woods Park & Wetlands

This wonderful amenity is adjacent to the school learning campus, Plain Township Aquatic Center and Wexner Park.

Swickard Woods Nature Preserve

Nature lovers will adore this preserve, which, aside from the pond that can be seen from Fodor Road, is mostly hidden. The preserve is adjacent to the school learning campus and also very close in proximity to the Church of the Resurrection. Somewhat hidden open hours near the pond and fence-line across from Swickard Woods Park will lead you to the preserve. Follow into the unknown – you will be glad you did!

Thompson Park

This 59-acre park is one of three managed by the New Albany Parks & Recreation Joint Parks District (a separate entity from the City of New Albany). Amenities include tennis and basketball courts, walking trails, a playground, and seven full-size athletic fields.  The open air pavilion makes a great setting for picnics and reunions.

Wexner Park

This 2.2 acre park is one of three managed by the New Albany Parks & Recreation Joint Parks District (a separate entity from the City of New Albany). Park grounds include the Davis Commons formal lawn and the Karr Family Pergola, which are available to rent. Wexner Park is also in close proximity to the Plain Township Aquatic Park, the school learning campus and Swickard Woods.

New Albany consists of more than 2,000 acres of green space and 33 miles of leisure trails.