Since 1988 plans have been on the drawing board to enhance Plainfield’s identity as a riverfront community and enable residents to enjoy all of the amenities offered by this beautiful natural treasure.
In 2007, the Hitchcock Design Group in association with Business Districts, Inc., Hey & Associates and Civiltech Engineering, prepared a Riverfront Master Plan, which proposed sweeping changes to the downtown area of Plainfield, as well as areas on the east and west sides of the DuPage River. The first part of that plan has been realized with the renovation of Lockport Street. The next phase is now underway.
The Plainfield Riverfront Foundation was established by a group of dedicated Village Residents and stakeholders, who are working together to assure that this plan becomes a reality.
They would like all residents and friends of Plainfield to join them in the quest to make Plainfield an even better place to live, work and play.
We are a 501C3 charitable non-profit organization that was formed to raise funds and public awareness to develop the Plainfield Riverfront as a regional cultural, natural, economic and recreation amenity. The Foundation organizes Plainfield Fest and Plainfield Riverdays as annual events for the community. In addition, the Foundation is actively seeking corporate partnerships, donations, and grants to help fund construction of the Riverfront improvements. The Plainfield Riverfront efforts are aimed at implementing the Plainfield Riverfront Master Plan, which was developed in partnership between the Village of Plainfield and the Plainfield Park District.
The Plainfield Riverfront Foundation is lead by a full-time executive director and includes the following volunteer members of its Board of Directors:
Jeff Dement, President
Eric Marsaglia, Vice President – Northern Insurance
Jean Brannen, Treasurer – Smith Associates
Debbie Olsen, Secretary – Plainfield Properties
Margie Bonuchi, Trustee – Village of Plainfield
Heather Heavens – OwlSave.com
Tasha Kitson – Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Larry Newton, Plainfield Park District Commissioner
Jonathan Proulx – Village of Plainfield
Tom Ruane – Ruane Construction
Jake Waldron – Heartland Bank
Robert Epley, Executive Director