Quality of Life
A pedestrian-friendly town square with restaurants, shops, offices and a library. A nationally-ranked school system situated on a 200-acre learning campus. A state-of-the-art performing arts center. A Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Miles of leisure trails.
Featured in Town & Country magazine, New Albany as it exists today was inspired by world-renowned business, civic and philanthropic leaders with the entrepreneurial spirit, world view and determination to build a better community. Their vision, brought to life in this master-planned community, went well beyond aesthetics and infrastructure to encompass education, culture, leisure and health.
The New Albany Community Foundation plays a leadership role in ensuring that charitable investments have a sustainable impact on New Albany’s quality of life. From Safety Town and the New Albany Walking Classic to the McCoy Community Center for the Arts, the foundation has been instrumental in developing the events, programs and institutions that bring our community together and set it apart from the rest.
“There is a very strong commitment to widening the tent and bringing together businesses and residents who shared a stake in the community to achieve consensus and develop solutions.”
From its library, restaurants and retail shops to the Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, a one-of-a-kind, national model for multidisciplinary health and wellness, Market Square is a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban center that appeals to everyone from Millennials to empty nesters. Connected by leisure trails to neighborhoods and the business park, New Albany’s Market Square’s The square draws inspiration from a master plan that has led to national recognition for its approach to smart growth, architectural integrity and economic vitality.
Whether it’s the Learning Community Campus to the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the emphasis on lifelong learning reflects the type of thoughtful, innovative planning that contributes to the quality of life New Albany residents and employees enjoy.
New Albany-Plain Local Schools
The 200-acre campus is home to the New Albany-Plain Local School’s kindergarten through 12th grade classes, a community wellness center, a performing arts center and an 80-acre nature preserve that is the “classroom” for a two-year Environmental Science magnet school that draws students from throughout central Ohio. Each year, New Albany’s students, faculty, staff and education programs are recognized for excellence at the local, state and national levels. In fact, NAPLS is the only district in Ohio in which every school has been honored as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. And, the district continues to earn the state of Ohio’s highest rating.
Columbus Metropolitan Library, New Albany Branch
The New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library anchors the community’s town square and is in walking distance to the learning campus as well as residential communities. A popular gathering spot for children, teens and families, the library offers story times for young children, a Homework Help Center, summer reading club, job help center and a variety of special programs and events. The branch is part of a progressive library system that is ranked the best in the nation by Hennen’s American Public Library Rating and earned a five-star rating from the national Library Journal.
Colleges and Universities
With 61 colleges, universities and technical schools in central Ohio that graduate more than 20,000 students annually, New Albany is ideally positioned to offer businesses access to a well-educated, highly-skilled workforce.
CultureNew Albany is a community that offers intellectually stimulating educational programming and inspired cultural events year round for residents, employees and visitors throughout the region. From concerts by internationally acclaimed artists and lectures by Pulitzer Prize winning authors, an abiding commitment to culture brings the community together and sets it apart from the rest.
The Jefferson Series
Inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s appreciation for lifelong learning, The New Albany Community Foundation established The Jefferson Series to showcase a collection of stimulating forums featuring some of the country’s most compelling thought leaders. The series’ namesake, believed that ideas should freely spread from one to another. In that spirit, the series has hosted speakers such as former Senator and astronaut, John Glenn, General David Petraeus, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, global thinker Dr. Fareed Zakaria and journalist Peggy Noonan.
Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts
The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts is a 35,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that features a proscenium theatre seating 786, space for an art gallery and ballet and orchestra practice rooms. Anchoring the northeast quadrant of the 200-acre learning campus, the center serves as both a cultural arts center and school performance venues. It attracts tens of thousands of visitors with an eclectic range of international artists and entertainers from country music star Sara Evans and the St. Petersburg Ballet to comedian Martin Short and author John Irving.
Columbus Arts and Culture
With a surprisingly diverse range of museums, galleries, theaters, dance companies, arts districts and music venues, Columbus’ cultural arts scene rivals any in the nation. Home to the internationally renowned Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts and Pizzuti Museum, Columbus also has been widely praised for its unparalleled collection of contemporary art.
A round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus championship golf course. Dinner at the stately New Albany Country Club. A bike ride along 30+ miles of trails that wind through meadows, woodlands and parks. Living is easy in New Albany.
New Albany Country Club
Since it opened in 1992, the New Albany Country Club has served as a gathering place for the community where residents enjoy a 27-hole championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, an athletic club, five swimming pools and an award-winning tennis facility. Designed by Jaquelin Robertson, the club’s stately Georgian architecture has the classic look of a manor house.
New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day
The annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day, a world-class equestrian event that attracts international competitors as well as thousands of visitors who enjoy the competitive sport and family-style entertainment, including a concert. The event raises more than $1 million each year for the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence founded by Abigail Wexner.
New Albany Walking Classic
The New Albany Walking Classic which began with a group of walking enthusiasts in 2004 now draws participants from across the country. With a course that meanders through the picturesque community, the non-judged, competitive walk has grown into the largest walking-only race in the United States and is ranked among the most popular walking events by Walking Magazine.
New Albany is home to dozens of community events, including the annual 4th of July parade, concert and fireworks, Founders Day Celebration, Taste of New Albany and Oktoberfest, where residents come together to celebrate small town life with family and friends at events.
Parks and Recreation
Community planners paid careful attention to the details that enhance residents’ quality of life, including an expansive network of sidewalks, leisure trails and parks that bring life and vitality to our streets as well as 600 acres of parkland and 900 acres of private green space that underscore the area’s agrarian heritage. Nearly 30+ miles of leisure trails connect New Albany’s residential neighborhoods to Market Square, the Learning Community Campus and the New Albany International Business Park. Bevelhymer, Swickard Woods, Thompson Road and Wexner Community Parks offer a range of facilities, from ball fields and tennis courts to walking trails, playgrounds and a multi-use pavilion.
From the nation’s first multidisciplinary health and wellness community center to 30+ miles of leisure trails and a world-class orthopedic surgical hospital, New Albany features many assets that underscore its commitment to health and wellness.
Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany
The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany at Market Square is a revolutionary, multidisciplinary approach to health and wellness designed to inspire healthier lifestyles for residents and employees. The Center’s highly personalized model revolves around medical, fitness, social and educational programs and services. Its partners – the City, Healthy New Albany, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital – share a vision to create the healthiest community in America.
New Albany Walking Classic
The community is also home to the New Albany Walking Classic which began with a group of walking enthusiasts in 2004 and now draws participants from across the country. With a course that meanders through the picturesque community, the competitive walk has grown into the largest walking-only event in the United States. The walking race ranked the “best” in the nation by Walking Magazine.
Healthy New Albany
In a continuing effort to focus attention on the well-being of both residents and employees, Healthy New Albany promotes healthful lifestyles for those who live and work in New Albany. The nonprofit offers a year-long series of health-related events and activities that include a farmer’s market, community gardens, speakers’ series, health expo, lunch ‘n learns and a walking club.
New Albany Walking Club
The New Albany Walking Club was created by a former marathon runner and Ohio State University professor who discovered that walkers can achieve the same health benefits as runners without the toll on their bodies. Members of the walking club meet regularly to vigorously walk through the scenic trails and attend seminars and training sessions.
Mount Carmel New Albany Surgical Hospital
The only specialized orthopedic hospital in the Midwest, the Mount Carmel New Albany Surgical Hospital treats patients from around the world and plays host to hundreds of physicians seeking to learn the latest procedures. It is one of only two hospitals in Ohio and 32 in the nation to earn the Summit Award for sustained excellence in patient care. For the tenth straight year, Mount Carmel New Albany has received the Guardian of Excellence Award from national healthcare research firm Press Ganey Associates. In 2015, it was recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures and was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs.
“I get asked often, “Why did a European luxury brand choose New Albany for its U.S. headquarters?’ It is a community that is welcoming and relaxing. It’s a place where we really feel like we are part of the community. It feels like family.”