The proposed first phase of the expansion for the Plainfield Greenways system will link a growing residential community, White Lick Creek, two parks and the Main Street district. In combination with existing paths, it will also provide over five miles of continuous trail and link three more parks and several more residential neighborhoods.
The northern end of Phase 1 starts at the abandoned Vandalia Railroad bed where it has been converted into a trail in the Saratoga community. The proposed trail runs east along the abandoned railroad to a point west of White Lick Creek where it will slope from the elevated railroad bed to the creek. The trail will then turn south along the west side of White Lick Creek. A pedestrian bridge crosses the creek to provide the link to Franklin Park at the approximate location of Lincoln Street. The trail continues south along the west bank of White Lick Creek to U.S. 40.
At U.S. 40, the trail passes beneath the U.S. 40 bridge and continues south to Friendship Gardens on the east side. The trail extends through Friendship Gardens to Center Street where it ties into existing paved path that follows Center Street south to Swinford Park, Anderson Park and Jim Hummel Memorial Park.
Additions to the Plainfield trail system are currently under design. Please stop by the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center to view the updated project schedule.