Conveniently located with the Scioto River and I-270 passing through it, Dublin boasts several golf courses and each year in late May or early June, the city hosts the Memorial Tournament, a stop on golf’s PGA Tour. Other annual events include the 4th of July music event, a St. Patrick’s Day parade, and the Dublin Irish Festival, which is one of America’s largest Irish festivals.
Dublin is home to the headquarters of a number of companies, including Wendy’s, Cardinal Health, IGS Energy, Stanley Steemer, OCLC, Pacer International and MindLeaders. Other organizations with significant operations include Ashland Inc., Nationwide Insurance, and Verizon Wireless (moving to Hilliard in 2014). Dublin Methodist Hospital, part of the OhioHealth system, opened in January 2008.
This city features 1,000 acres of parks, including 77 miles (124 km of scenic bike trails and 39 developed parks with wooded natural areas and river frontage. Several Dublin parks are located along the Scioto River, including the two Dublin Kiwanis Riverway parks. The river is accessible at several points for small watercraft, and the nearby Griggs and O’Shaughnessy reservoirs allow motorboating and sailing.
The city is primarily accessed by car. In addition to Interstate 270, US Hwy 33, SR 161, and SR 745 pass through the city. There is a 77-mile network of bike trails that run throughout the city. Long term plans include expanding the trails further, as well as connecting them to the regional trail system. COTA provides limited service in the southeast part of the city. Routes 56 and 58 provide express service from the commercial areas around Frantz and Rings Roads to Downtown Columbus during rush hour periods.
The Dublin City School District is highly sought after . In 1996, the documentary Children in America’s Schools with Bill Moyers based on the book stated Dublin as the best school district in the country. Columbus State Community College, Ohio Dominican University, and Franklin University have branches in the city. Private schools in Dublin include St. Brigid of Kildale and Prep Academy Schools.