The city of Fishers has established a committee to oversee the master plan of the new Nickel Plate Trail. The city says the Nickel Plate Trail Master Planning Committee will next month release a Request For Proposals for the design of the trail, plans for which were announced in February 2017.
The committee will be co-chaired by Fishers City Councilor John Weingardt and Amanda Welu, a partner with Fishers-based DELV Design. The city says the committee is comprised of Fishers residents with expertise in art, entrepreneurship, community, wellness, education and business. It also includes advisory stakeholder members from Noblesville and Indianapolis.
"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," Welu said. "We look forward to guiding the community through this process and bringing our collective vision to life."
The city adds the public will have plenty of opportunities to give their input in the planning process both through email submissions and public meetings, which are likely to take place this fall. The committee will provide updates on the planning process through the Nickel Plate Trail website.
The Nickel Plate Trail Master Planning 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, 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
When the 9.2-mile trail connecting 96th Street in downtown Fishers to Pleasant Street in downtown Noblesville was announced, officials said the project could cost approximately $9.3 million. The 14-foot wide pedestrian and bike path will replace parts of the existing Nickel Plate Rail line.