For this year only, Founders Day activities will occur Saturday, August 28, with the idea that more people could participate in the fun as the world continues to push its way closer to a sense of normalcy. Events of the day include:
- Inaugural Rose Run 5K at 8 a.m.
- Rose Run Park dedication at 10:30 a.m.
- Founders Day parade at 11 a.m.
- Founders Day festival from noon to 5 p.m.
ROSE RUN 5K
There will be no fee to participate in the Rose Run 5K, and everyone who registers and donates $35 or more will receive a free event t-shirt. Proceeds from this event will benefit community programming by Healthy New Albany, a local non-profit organization that promotes and embraces healthy living through programs like the farmers market, food pantry, community garden, “I am Thriving” women cancer survivors network, and Senior Connections programming for those aged 55+.
ROSE RUN PARK DEDICATION
The Rose Run Park dedication at 10:30 a.m. will mark the official celebration and opening of this park, which so many have enjoyed over this past year. Rose Run Park creates opportunities for people to explore nature in the heart of town and provides a community gathering spot for decades to come, as the Founders Day activities attest. The park dedication will also serve as a time for City Council to recognize Facebook and the Marx, Hinson and Raines/Cadieux families for their generosity to help expand recreational and cultural offerings in New Albany.
The Rose Run Park dedication will include recognition of a 2021 time capsule to be buried in the park and opened in the year 2070, 50 years after the Rose Run Park opened to the public. The idea for the time capsule came from Aaron Westbrook, a 2017 New Albany High School graduate who is also the founder and CEO of Form5 Prosthetics, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people who need a workable prosthetic unit but cannot afford one for themselves.
FOUNDERS DAY PARADE
Everyone who attends the Rose Run Park dedication can remain in the park to enjoy the parade, which will begin around 11 AM along High Street on the school learning campus (near Chatham Green), then right (south) along Main Street and west along Dublin-Granville Road directly past Rose Run Park. The parade will finish at the Church of the Resurrection parking lot. (NOTE: the parade route will not include Market Street or Main Street between Market Street and Dublin-Granville Road.) Click here for a map of the parade route.
FOUNDERS DAY FESTIVAL/CONCERTS
The Founders Day festival will take place immediately after the parade from approximately noon to 5 p.m. Amusement rides will be set up in the Heit Center parking lot, food trucks will be parked along Dublin-Granville Road, and Founders Day coordinators are working on a beer garden. This year’s festival also includes live music, including sets by Ghost Soul Trio from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and The Reaganomics from 3:30-5 p.m. Click here for more information about the festival.
The public is invited to all of these events. Look for more information in the coming weeks on City of New Albany social media, the New Albany Connects e-newsletter (sign-up at newalbanyohio.org/subscribe), the city website and upcoming City Council letters to residents.