New renderings: $5M plan for amphitheater, trail in Fishers

November 18, 2011
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Fishers ampitheaterThe Town of Fishers this week unveiled plans to build a new outdoor amphitheater and multipurpose trail in its downtown district along 116th Street. Fishers streetscape improvementsThe first phase of improvements will cost between $4 million and $5 million, said Maura J. Leon Barber, the town spokeswoman. That should cover the amphitheater, a trail segment along the north side of 116th Street and reconstruction of Maple Street. Future improvements are planned for Lantern Road, the south side of 116th Street and the Nickel Plate District Trail. The plans call for a groundbreaking in spring of 2012 and completion in the summer. Project funding comes from the town's cash reserves and a $500,000 grant from the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau. A&F Engineering of Indianapolis is designing the multipurpose trail and the amphitheater designer has not yet been determined. What do you think?

  • Long overdue...
    Absolutely awesome! Fishers has gotten national rave reviews over the years even without a nice walking downtown. This will make the town an even better place to live.
  • Bravo!
    Fishers is a terrific place to live, and this project will be a great addition.
  • Franklin was on the "trail"
    Franklin had a proposal for something similar for its downtown. Must have been too progressive and forward thinking. THey fired their mayor and the space that was going to be the Trail and shops and ampitheatre, will continue to be a smelly industrial - brownfield dungeon.
  • traffic studies???
    A facility like this would be a wonderful addition to the Town of Fishers if only it didnt create a traffic nightmare! This section of 116th street is already a traffic disaster. Though the intent is good, my concern is this will make a bad situation worse.
  • -
    Looks like the perfect setting for Pleasantville 2.
  • Great Vision
    This sounds like a great next step for Fishers. Becoming more pedestrian friendly will serve to create a better sense of community and provide healthy lifestyle promotion. I'm proud that our planners are this visionary.
  • I Like It!
    As long as this is as it appears and doesn't involve ripping down all the buildings/houses/businesses in Old Town Fishers, I love it. Adding to the mid-town area of Fishers is a great idea. And it's already becoming very walkable in that area, especially for those who live nearby.
  • Outdoor Concerts
    I know they already have outdoor concerts there in the summer time. This will be perfect for those events.
  • Agreed
    Let's get to work on the screenplay
  • Trails
    While you are at it how about adding a trail path on 131st street between Lantern road and 37. This is a very dangerous section of road for both children and adults who walk, run and ride bicycles on this narrow two lane section of road.
  • Or...
    The centerpiece for "The Truman Show 2".
  • Good start
    Although good in concept, a few details could be changed. Move the buildings up to the sidewalk/trail on 116th street similiar to the buildings across the street. I count 4 curb cuts/access drives in that rendering. Move the parking to the rear and/or side and you can eliminate 2 curb cuts, and reducing vehicle conjection right at the entrance. Pedestrian safety would be improved as well.
  • We call those "trails"?
    If it's a paved pedestrian path running directly parallel to a street, isn't that called a "sidewalk"? Or is there something about these "trails" that I'm missing?
  • Trail?
    Yep. You called it a sidewalk, but it might be a little wider than a standard sidewalk, and it might be asphalt or paving stone instead of concrete. I think those elements allow them to call it a trail. Plus, "sidewalks" are often found in scary urban neighborhoods. Also, when they call it a trail it means it should safely accommodating both pedestrians and bicyclists, and sometimes they can even use that as a stronger justification for not having a sidewalk on the opposite side of the street, because they have a "trail".
  • Thanks Paul
    Exactly what I thought--wouldn't want people to be too convenienced by having sidewalks on both sides of the road.
  • To clarify...
    @Crossed Wires, the buildings in the second rendering are mostly already there, so they won't be moving them up to the sidewalk to flip-flop where the parking is. I think that picture is to show what the trail might look like.
    I'm still a bit confused, though, where the ampitheatre will be placed. Cory, do you know?

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