Health and wellness is a central part of New Albany’s identity. This focus on wellness is evident not only in the community but also in the Chamber, where the health industry is one of the fastest growing membership sectors.
City planners were careful to preserve the pastoral appeal of New Albany with a concerted effort to maintain more than 600 acres of parkland and 900 acres of green space. In fact, most homes in the City are within 1,200 feet of a neighborhood park. Over 36 miles of leisure trails connect neighborhoods to the town center, school campus, country club, library, arts center and business park.
The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany is perhaps the biggest brick and mortar symbol of the city’s dedication to health. A partnership with Healthy New Albany, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Heit Center is both a central community meeting location as well as a resource for fitness, wellness coaching, rehabilitation and more.
New Albany Parks & Recreation has a full complement of adult and youth sport and recreational opportunities. Operated by New Albany-Plain Local Joint Park District, New Albany Parks & Rec annually serves the 5300 families residing within the New Albany-Plain Local School District, the Village of New Albany, and Plain Township.
Consisting of more than 200 acres of parkland, the park district offers 38 baseball, football, soccer, and lacrosse fields. Complexes at Bevelhymer Park and Thompson Park provide seven tennis courts and one basketball court, walking trails, playgrounds, pavilions, and concession stands. The Wexner Community Park, available for family gatherings as well as community events, offers a pavilion with fireplace, warming kitchen, restrooms, and adjacent playground and lawn space.
Rocky Fork Metro Park features more than 3 miles of walking trails that wind through woods and fields. There is even an off-leash trail for dogs and a play area for kids and a large shelter for family picnics. Enjoy sitting in the big wooden chairs as you look for wildlife in the open fields.
Plain Township Aquatic Center sits in a park-like setting, with ample parking, a main entry building for check-in, separate restroom facilities with lockers and showers, concession, vending machines and picnic area. Lounge chairs, tables & umbrellas go along with lots of green lawn for sunbathing.
Pool amenities include an 8-lane competition pool with a channel to the zero depth entry which also features a mushroom umbrella of water sprays and shooting fountains along the zero entry edge and two 28-foot water slides – one is a body slide and the other is a tube slide. The Interactive Play area features slides, water fall, water guns, tunnel, tipping buckets and water wheels. This area is ideal for small children from walking to school age. This pool goes from 0” to 15” deep and is enclosed by a gated fence.
The New Albany Walking Club was founded on the idea that health and wellness can be achieved through a planned walking program. The health benefits of walking are well-documented. Currently, the New Albany Walking Club organizes group walks every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. The distances and routes vary but walkers do have the company of others regardless of speed or distance. The walks pass through scenic routes on the roads and paths throughout the New Albany community and the group meets for walks year around.
As in other parts of the country, cycling has exploded in New Albany over the past few years, much of it due to Pelotonia. The amount of riders leaving from New Albany’s Market Square and Phil Heit Center on weekday afternoons and weekends is easily in the hundreds. New Albany’s 43054 is the highest zip code of participants in Pelotonia.
With members from all over Central Ohio, the mission of The Cycling Club, is to create a healthy, cyclist and family friendly environment with a focus on education, training, safety, advocacy, and fellowship. Club rides are typically every Tuesday evening and Thursday evening between April and September.
This woman’s cycling group serves as a gateway into the sport for women in Central Ohio. Girls with Gears’ focus is to increase advocacy and raise funds for cancer research. It is a year-round organization that supports one another in the pursuit of our own individual cycling and fitness goals, facilitates cycling education and safety, and provides social and educational opportunities during the off-season.
TeamCOPC is not just for doctors and staff of Central Ohio Primary Care. They welcome new riders and are very passionate about safety on the road. TeamCOPC was awarded the Pelotonia RSI Green Safety Award for 2015.
New Albany Links is a semi-private golf club that offers not only a great golf course but an outstanding social atmosphere. The golf course is open to the public yet still has that country club feel and playability. With its naturally rolling terrain, meandering creeks, lakes, wetlands, native grasses and mature trees, the New Albany Links Golf Course offers a great challenge for golfers of all different abilities.
A community jewel, the private New Albany Country Club offers 27 holes designed by Columbus’ own Jack Nicklaus. Distinguished by its varying terrain some areas have the lush feel of the Carolinas; others suggest the ruggedness of the Scottish links. Rocky Fork Creek was incorporated into the design allowing it to blend with New Albany’s natural surroundings. NACC’s Golf Academy hosts three hitting bays allowing members to drive balls from indoors to outdoors, and two more bays are dedicated to instruction, where technology enables players to record and analyze their swings, comparing it to that of professional golfers or checking their own progress.
Royal American Links is a nearby public course complete with a 27,000-square-foot clubhouse evocative of a Scottish castle. The 18-hole links style golf course join hands with nature to present a place of ultimate tranquility and relaxation. The course also features a driving range, practice chipping and putting green, locker rooms with showers, and a full-service Grille Room featuring ice-cold brews and tasty menu items.
Other places to get your fitness on include chamber members Ultimate U Total Health, butchershopfitness, Orangetheory Fitness and CycleBar.
New Albany has several healthcare facilities in and around the city. Central Ohio Surgical Institute features fully equipped operating rooms with the latest advanced instrumentation. Mount Carmel New Albany is among the Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Hospitals, which is awarded to less than 7 percent of all eligible hospitals for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality.
New Albany Surgery Center is an outpatient surgery center focused solely on orthopedics procedures. This 16,000-square-foot facility was a vision of several local, established physicians who had a vision of developing a specialty-focused facility. Mount Carmel was pleased to partner with these surgeons in a joint-ventured ambulatory surgery center located in a new medical office building on property adjacent to the Mount Carmel New Albany campus.
Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. To that end, we are grateful for New Albany Chamber members Jonathan Miller Counseling, LLC, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare and PBJ Connections, Inc.
Animal Care New Albany cares about its pets and is fortunate to have the following Chamber member professionals to take care of all man’s best friends, including Animals “R” Special, Animal Hospital of New Albany, Animal Care Center at Cherry Way and Gahanna Animal Hospital. Chamber members Kennel Club USA and All Tails R Waggin’ can take care of your precious family members’ daycare and overnight boarding needs.