City of Fishers

May 30, 2018

Fishers Announces Nickel Plate Trail Committee, Plans to Release RFP for Design

The City of Fishers announced the creation of the Nickel Plate Trail Master Planning Committee today. The Committee will oversee the master plan of the Nickel Plate Trail, announced February 2017, from 96th Street to 146th Street. The Committee will release the RFP for design in June, with a focus on creating a unique experience for trail users and residents.

“The Nickel Plate Trail will allow residents and visitors to experience our city in new and different ways, and this Committee will help create another amenity toward our vision of creating a vibrant city,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. “Residents often request increased connectivity for walking, running, and biking in our community and this trail will be a major step toward fulfilling that need.”

The Nickel Plate Master Planning Committee will be co-chaired by Fishers councilman John Weingardt and Fishers resident Amanda Welu of DELV Design. The Committee, represented by Fishers residents with expertise in art, entrepreneurship, community, wellness, education, and business, will guide the planning process. The Committee will include advisory stakeholder members from neighboring communities of Noblesville and Indianapolis to consider opportunities for collaboration along their own Nickel Plate corridors. Residents interested in being involved in the planning process may email Lexi Onofrey at Public planning meetings will likely occur this fall.

“I’m looking forward to working hand-in-hand with local leaders and stakeholders to bring this free recreational amenity to our community,” said Committee Co-Chair and Fishers City Councilman John Weingardt. “Our Committee will strive to create a destination for all to enjoy this trail for years to come.”

The Master Planning Committee will seek design ideas to incorporate branding elements, design themes, future art installation locations and examples, trail enhancement options, crosswalk designs, signage, trailhead locations, and identification of other experiential amenities designed such as benches, water fountains, and bike stations. The guidelines may be adapted and expanded by neighboring communities as desired.

“Bringing together a cross-section of community members and stakeholders to provide insight and expertise to the entire planning process will ensure the Nickel Plate Trail will positively impact Fishers through unique experiences found nowhere else in the metro,” remarked Amanda Welu, Committee Co-Chair and Partner with DELV Design. “We look forward to guiding the community through this process and bringing our collective vision to life.”

The Nickel Plate Trail Master Planning Committee will meet regularly throughout the planning process and will provide updates to the public via the trail’s website, Committee members include:

  • John Weingardt, Fishers City Councilman (Co-Chair)
  • Amanda Welu, DELV Design (Co-Chair)
  • David Becker, First Internet Bank
  • Erik Braden, Braden Business Systems
  • Shawn Curran, Fishers Running Club
  • Debbie Driskell, Delaware Township Trustee
  • Dan Kloc, Fishers Arts Council
  • Lori Mankin, New Britton Elementary
  • Ailithir McGill, Nickel Plate Arts
  • Jake Reardon-McSoley, Fishers YMCA
  • Brenda Myers, Hamilton County Tourism
  • Corby Thompson, Boomerang Development
  • John Wechsler, Launch Fishers / IoT Lab – Fishers
  • Scott Whitlock, Flexware Innovation

With advisory committee members:

  • Caleb Gutshall, City of Noblesville
  • Karen Kryah, Binford Redevelopment Group (BRAG)
  • Lindsey Lord, Indy Arts Council
  • Jennifer Milliken, Urban Land Institute
  • Mark Zwoyer, City of Indianapolis


February 2017

Letter from Mayor Fadness

Dear Residents and Business Owners,

Today, I joined our Hamilton County Commissioners and Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear to announce a proposal to convert 9.2 miles of the Nickel Plate Rail to a 14-foot wide paved pedestrian trail, connecting Noblesville and Fishers from 96th Street up to Pleasant Street. The Nickel Plate Trail goes through the heart of our downtown Nickel Plate District and would connect to other area amenities, including near Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve and Cheeney Creek Natural Area.

Whether walking, biking, running or roller-blading, the Nickel Plate Trail opens up new opportunities for families and individuals to enjoy the outside and experience our community as never before.

The proposal we announced today is the first step in the process. Now, we want to hear from you, our residents and businesses. I encourage you to learn more about the proposal at

Please join city and county officials at the following Nickel Plate Trail listening sessions to learn more and to share your thoughts.

  • Tuesday, March 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Fishers City Hall Auditorium
    1 Municipal Drive, Fishers, IN 46037
  • Thursday, March 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Noblesville City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room
    16 S 10th St, Noblesville, IN 46060

Additionally, staff are available to meet with neighborhoods and businesses one-on-one. To provide comments, ask questions or to request a meeting with staff, please email

Our team looks forward to working with you during the process. Together we can ensure the future of this corridor is vibrant and viable for generations to come.

Yours in service,

Scott Fadness, Mayor
City of Fishers