Plainfield and Guilford Township continue to develop public spaces as community gathering places. In April, 1997, the Plainfield Town Council conducted a public workshop to receive citizen input on expansion and improvement of the biking and hiking trails that presently existed in and around the Town's parks. As a result of that input the Plainfield Comprehensive Plan was amended in August, 1997 to include a Comprehensive Greenway Master Plan component.
In 2011, the Town of Plainfield made an update to the master plan. This plan incorporates sidewalks and trails and can be viewed by clicking on one of the links below:
The basic structuring element in the greenway plan is the concept of a linear park system extending along the White Lick Creek. This concept incorporates several existing park facilities into a cohesive system that takes advantage of the opportunity to utilize undevelopable portions of the floodway for a productive public purpose.
Currently, Hummel Park, Anderson Park, Swinford Park, and Friendship Gardens are all located in or adjacent to the White Lick Creek floodway and are all linked by approximately 4 miles of bicycle/pedestrian path. The linear park concept includes a proposed extension of this path to the north along the White Lick Creek along the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility campus, across U.S. 40 and then north connecting Franklin Park.
The linear park concept is a small part of an overall Greenway Plan for the Town that includes a series of bicycle/pedestrian paths throughout the Town. The system will proved additional transportation and recreational facilities throughout the Town as well as link parks, schools, libraries, businesses and residential areas together. Ultimately, this path might extend as far north as Avon, as far east as Indianapolis, and as far south as Mooresville.