Plainfield is a quiet town located just west of Indianapolis on highway 40. Many people visit there for its open air mall, Metropolis, or its wide variety of restaurants and shopping, but the best reason to visit Plainfield is Hummel Park. You can find this pristine park at 1500 S. Center St. just south of downtown Plainfield. The park offers numerous activities and, of course, great walking trails.
As you pull into the parking areas you catch your first glimpse of the many activities available at Hummel Park. Encircling the park is a two- lane paved path designed for walking, riding bikes, rollerblading, etc. Inside the path you’ll find spacious grass areas for picnicking or simply relaxing in the sun. There are several baseball and soccer fields, as well as, a basketball court and volleyball area. For the youngsters there is an enormous playground complex. You can get a great view of everything from walking or riding around the outer trail.
But wait… That isn’t the half of it, literally. Past the western most parking area there is a large wooden footbridge. The bridge stretches over White Lick Creek. There are access trails leading down to the sand and stone creek bed and gently flowing waterway. Kids love to splash in the creek, search for interesting rocks, and even build small sand castles. Dogs love the water too. The gentle sound of flowing water can relax away anyone’s troubles.
Directly across the bridge you’ll find an amphitheater. Check the park website and swing by to catch a summer concert. To the right of the amphitheater the trail leads across a small footbridge. Large shade trees enclose this private, peaceful area of the park. The northern edge of this area marks the park border. It overlooks the meandering creek offering a great area to relax on a soft blanket, have a picnic, and watch upstream for glimpses of large birds of prey, turtles, and water fowl.
You may also choose to turn left when leaving the large footbridge. This will take you to another smaller complex of playground equipment where the kids can enjoy some fun time. Follow the paved path south as it meanders under giant trees on all sides. Around every bend there are new things to see. There are several fish ponds and tons of vegetation. You’ll encounter squirrels, ducks, turtles, and song birds.
Not only is this a scenic path but it is also a great path for walking with your dog. Your four-legged friend will take pleasure in a brisk walk along this winding trail any time of year. In the summer the trees and foliage provide shade from the heat. In the winter they provide shelter from the biting Indiana winds. So bring your dog along for a workout you’ll both enjoy.
As you can see Hummel Park is a wonderful place to spend time. No matter if you like sports, concerts, nature, or just like walking, Hummel Park is the place for you. Make the time to visit this fun-filled park sometime in the near future. You won’t be disappointed.