The Village of Plainfield has ambitious plans to develop a riverfront park along the DuPage River in downtown Plainfield. The riverfront would encompass approximately two miles of the river between Route 59 and Renwick Road. The Plan focuses on the riverfront corridor to create a unique, innovative, and environmentally-sensitive asset that will add to the quality of life for residents, will contribute to additional economic development in the Downtown, and will be a focal point and source of pride for the entire Plainfield Community.
In 2005, the Village established a Steering Committee to develop a master plan for the riverfront property. The Steering Committee includes elected officials and staff from the Village of Plainfield and the Plainfield Park District, which is a cooperative partner in the Village’s riverfront efforts. In June of 2007, both the Village and the Park District adopted The Plainfield Riverfront Master Plan. The Master Plan identifies sections of the project and sets forth strategies for developing the riverfront project over an extended period of time. Implementation of the Master Plan will occur over several decades and will depend on grants and donations as well as participation from private developers.
In November of 2009, a committed group of volunteers joined forces to form the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation as a charitable, not-for-profit corporation. The Foundation's mission is to raise public awareness and funds for the riverfront project. The Foundation hosts the annual Plainfield Fest which generate funds for development of the Riverfront. The Foundation is also actively seeking grants and charitable contributions from individuals and corporations. To learn more about the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation and how you can become involved, please visit the Foundation's web site.