Plans are underway for a new Veterans Memorial in New Albany to honor those who have served while adding richness to the existing greenspace network. In order to create a unique Veterans Memorial for New Albany, the City of New Albany worked with landscape architect MKSK and a focus group composed of New Albany residents, veterans, and veterans’ advocates. Those involved with the project evaluated multiple sites throughout the Village Center and Historic Village Center and ultimately landed on two sites – one for the Veterans Memorial and one for a First Responders Pavilion.
Veterans Memorial will be located within the currently planned Phase II of Rose Run Park and will incorporate the recently restored Founders Field. This site is located adjacent to Village Hall and at the gateway of the new Rose Run II park, so it immediately feels part of the civic core. This location also has access to ample parking and is well connected to the existing pedestrian circulation.
The conceptual plan consists of three main elements: water, light, and path. The memorial will include a Veterans Plaza which boasts a prominent sculptural wall for individual veteran recognition and a refined water feature for personal reflection. As visitors walk through Veterans Plaza, they’ll encounter the entry to the narrow, more private Hero’s Walk. Slender, elegant sculptures will dot the landscape around the path representing service members on the front lines of active combat. During the daylight hours, users can see graphics and information on each sculpture about individual servicemen’s stories. At dusk, these sculptures transform into luminaries.
First Responders Pavilion will occupy the northwest corner of Main Street and Dublin Granville Road, which is known to many of in the community as the Phelps House Corner. The new pavilion will give structure to the corner and will complete this prominent New Albany intersection. While the Veterans Memorial at Rose Run II is meant to be more contemplative and thoughtful, the First Responders Pavilion is meant to be a gathering area with amenities like tables with a fire pit.
As part of the city’s 2021 budget, New Albany City Council has earmarked $1 million for designing Phase II of Rose Run Park, which includes all of the recommendations found in the Veteran’s Memorial Concept Study. There is currently no timeline for construction, but the City of New Albany is excited to see this project take the next steps towards reality.
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