City of Fishers

May 14, 2019

Final Nickel Plate Trail Master Plan 2040 Released 

Since September 2018, the Fishers community provided over 1,500 ideas as they envisioned a vibrant and inclusive Nickel Plate Trail design. Thank you for contributing and being part of Fishers’ history!

After unveiling the draft Master Plan in February, the City of Fishers continued to gather additional feedback to incorporate into the Master Plan before finalizing the vision for the Nickel Plate Trail. Below you’ll find a link to the final Master Plan along with renderings to inform the future design and vision of the Trail.

Nickel Plate Trail Master Plan 2040


February 18, 2019

Resident Input Showcased as Draft Nickel Plate Trail Master Plan Unveiled

Fishers City Council and City leadership were joined by over two hundred community members as members of the committee presented the Nickel Plate Trail Master Plan 2040 to the public. The development of the Master Plan began in September with over 30 public events and meetings and over 1,500 ideas submitted in person, online, and via mail. The Master Plan was developed in partnership by consultants EX2 and NBBJ. Several Hamilton Southeastern School District schools developed project-based learning opportunities to engage in the process, including Harrison Parkway Elementary, New Britton Elementary, Fishers High School, HSE Innovations Class, and scouting events.

“We began this journey to create a community-led effort to build a world-class trail experience with the idea that it would not only inspire today’s leaders and residents to create something uniquely Fishers, but to use this as an opportunity to engage and inspire the next generation of leaders and residents,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. “What we’ve unveiled today is the first draft of what will undoubtedly be a destination experience for residents and visitors alike – one that will positively impact Fishers for generations to come.”

Since announcing the Nickel Plate Trail in Fishers, more than $250 million in private investment has been announced along the trail, from Hub & Spoke to First Internet Bank and others.

The Fishers portion of the Nickel Plate Trail was designed with several goals in mind: to create a trail for all, promote health and wellness, celebrate what is uniquely Fishers, preserve safety and privacy, honor the history and heritage of the Nickel Plate Rail Road, design with nature, and connect the community.

Dozens of Fishers residents volunteered their time as committee members including:

  • 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, Visit Hamilton County
  • Corby Thompson, Boomerang Development
  • John Wechsler, Launch Fishers / Indiana IoT Lab – Fishers
  • Scott Whitlock, Flexware Innovation

Advisory committee members include:

  • 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

“From the Fishers Farmers’ Market to public input meetings to committee meetings, the Nickel Plate Trail master plan truly is created by the community for the community,” said City Councilor and committee co-chair John Weingardt. “We’ve had the opportunity to honor our history while propelling our community into the future and we couldn’t be more excited to see this project come to fruition.”

The public input process resulted in more than 1,500 responses representing the following metrics:

  • 38% basics (safety, walkability, accessibility, pet waste containers, etc.)
  • 14% arts and education
  • 13% fitness and recreation
  • 10% restaurants and retail
  • 10% meditation and inspiration
  • 4% train and track with trail
  • 4% programming and events
  • 4% technology and entrepreneurship
  • 3% social

As a result of this feedback, NBBJ and EX2 developed the master plan for the trail which will be implemented in phases through 2040. Pedestrian crosswalks will be determined based on safety studies and traffic counts, with bridges or tunnels anticipated for 96th Street and 116th Street, respectively.

“We’ve spoken to hundreds of community members about their vision for this new kind of trail and the result – a dynamic trail experience not found anywhere in the U.S.,” said co-chair Amanda Welu. “As a resident of Fishers, it’s been an incredible process to work alongside colleagues and neighbors to bring this vision to fruition; it will be a unique destination for all.”

The Trail will feature five segments of uses:

  • 96th Street to 106th Street: Makers Space and Innovation Zone
  • 106th Street through Cheeney Creek: Nature Park Zone
  • Just south of 116th Street through 126th Street: Downtown Active Core Zone
  • 126th Street to 131st Street: Wellness Zone
  • 131st Street to 146th Street: Park and Education Zone

“The 4th grade students at HPE met with members of the City Rails to Trails committee, considered the needs of various community members, visited the tracks to develop their ideas, and worked in teams to create prototypes of their designs,” said Harrison Park Elementary principal Andrea Burke. “This authentic experience has proven to inspire our students and enhance their learning experiences.  They recognize the power of their voice and the impact they can make within their community especially when they see some of their ideas included in the final design of the Nickel Plate Trail.  As future leaders, our students will remember this powerful learning experience and their contribution to the City of Fishers.”

Residents can provide feedback on the Master Plan by visiting www.playfishers.com/tracktotrail by March 31. Residents can access that site to view the draft Master Plan, learn more about the process with FAQs and more. Community feedback will be incorporated into a final document for planning.


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 npt@fishers.in.us. 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, nickelplatetrail.com. 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 www.NickelPlateTrail.com.

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 NPT@fishers.in.us.

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