Plainfield

OVERVIEW

Although Plainfield’s close proximity to the airport meant that much of the nearby land would not be suitable for housing purposes, it did offer an economic opportunity for the town and served as a strong selling point for development. The area’s home prices are generally in the $120,000 to $150,000 range.

Plainfield owes much of its history to Quaker settlers, also known as the Society of Friends. Settlers first reached what is now Plainfield in 1820 — five years before Indianapolis became the state capital. The town’s slogan “A Community of Values”, is a celebrated theme throughout the area. In recent years Plainfield has even set up a unique citizen-recognition program, in which they have identified a list of 12 values in order to honor one person per month that exemplifies that month’s value.

LOCATION

Plainfield is located in Hendricks County in central Indiana, 12 miles west of Indianapolis on US 40. From Indianapolis’ I-465 loop, Chicago, Illinois is 179 miles; Cincinnati, Ohio is 108 miles; and Louisvile, Kentucky is 119 miles (all via interstate highways). Plainfield residents report an average travel time of 21.6 minutes to work.

POPULATION (figures based on 2000 Census)

City: 18,396
County: 104,093 – Hendricks County

UTILITIES

Electric: Duke Energy – 800-521-2232
Gas: Vectren – 800-777-2060
Water: City Plainfield Water – 317-837-0000
Telephone: AT&T – 800-742-8771

PUBLIC SERVICES

Police: Plainfield Police Department – 317-838-2566
Police: Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department – 317-745-6464
Police: Indiana State Police – 800-225-8576
Fire Department: Plainfield Fire Department – 317-839-7733 (E)
Post Office: United States Post Office – 700 N. Carr Rd.
Library: Plainfield Public Library – 317-839-6602
Chamber: Plainfield Chamber of Commerce – PO Box 14 – 317-839-7222

MEDICAL

Local: Hendricks Community Hospital – 1000 E. Main – Danville, IN – 317-745-3500
Local: Clarian West Medical Center – 1111 North Ronald Reagan Pkwy – 317-217-3000
Indianapolis: Indiana University Hospital – 550 University Blvd. – 317-274-5000
Indianapolis: St. Vincent Hospital – 2001 W. 86th St. – 317-338-2121 (E)
Indianapolis: St. Vincent Women’s Hospital -Indianapolis – 8111 Township Line Rd. – 317-415-8111
Indianapolis: Community Hospitals

NEWSPAPERS

Local: Hendricks County Flyer – 317-272-5800
Indianapolis: Indianapolis Star – 317-444-4000
Indianapolis: Indianapolis Business Journal – 317-634-6200

AIRPORTS

Indianapolis: Indianapolis International Airport

SCHOOLS (Various private and parochial schools also serve this area)

Websites: Department of Education – 317-272-2920
Websites: www.plainfield.k12.in.us – 317-272-2920
Elementary: Brentwood Elementary – 1630 Oliver Ave. – 317-839-4802
Elementary: Central Elementary – 110 Wabash St. – 317-839-7707
Elementary: Van Buren Elementary – 225 Shaw St. – 317-839-2575
Middle School: Plainfield Community Middle School – 401 Elm St. – 317-838-3966
High School: Plainfield High School – 709 Stafford Rd. – 317-839-7711
Other: Plainfield Kindergarten Center – 757 Stafford Rd. – 317-838-3980
Private: St. Susanna School – 1212 E. Main St. – 317-839-3713

CHURCHES

Assembly of God – 317-839-7308
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church – 317-838-7315
Calvary Baptist – 317-839-6721
Cathedral of Prayer Baptist – 317-839-6416
Center Community – 317-839-7141
Church By Side of the Road – 317-839-6830
Church of Christ at Plainfield – 317-839-0174
Eternal Life Baptist Church – 317-831-1012
Fairfield Friends Meeting – 317-839-2449
First Baptist Church – 317-839-8163
Hope Presbyterian – 317-839-2797
Islamic Society of US – 317-839-8157
Kingsway Christian Church – 317-272-2222
Light & Life Free Methodist – 317-839-5151
Living World Church – 317-838-5440
Maple Grove Baptist – 317-547-6020
Plainfield Apostolic Church – 317-839-5060
Plainfield Baptist – 317-839-6815
Plainfield Bible – 317-839-7592
Plainfield Christian Church – 317-839-2384
Plainfield Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses – 317-839-2449
Plainfield Friends Meeting – 317-839-6490
Plainfield Methodist – 317-839-2319
St. Marks Episcopal – 317-839-6730
St. Stephen’s Lutheran – 317-838-9600
St. Susanna Catholic – 317-839-3333
United Community Church of the Nazarene in Plainfield – 317-839-9491

RECREATION

Swinford Park and Franklin Park offer playground equipment, baseball diamonds, shelter houses, and tennis courts. Anderson Park has many baseball diamonds. Hummel Park has an exercise trail, baseball diamonds and the Plainfield Community Center. Splash Island Family Waterpark opens in late May and closes in September.The high school indoor swimming pool is open to the public on a scheduled basis and there are several private swimming clubs and golf courses in the area.