About the Community of Fishers

The City of Fishers is in Fall Creek and Delaware townships, Hamilton County, Indiana, United States, and was named #1 Place to Live in the US by Money Magazine in 2017. A suburb of Indianapolis, it lies about 25 miles northeast of the city’s downtown. With a population of 91,832 (2017), Fishers is one of the fastest growing communities in Indiana and has received national accolades for entrepreneurship, livability, and safety. Fishers has grown rapidly in recent decades: about 350 people lived there in 1963, 2,000 in 1980, and only 7,500 as recently as 1990.

After the passage of a referendum on Fishers’ status in 2012, Fishers transitioned from a town to a city on January 1, 2015. The first mayor of Fishers—Scott Fadness—along with the city’s first clerk and city council were sworn in on December 21, 2014.

Fishers is making a movement towards a greater sense of place, a desire for stronger connections to the vibrant, evolved ecosystem.  It is also home to the Nickel Plate District which offers a walkable, connected destination for entertainment, shopping and restaurants in the heart of Fishers, fulfilling residents’ desire for a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown. Fishers residents have the best of both worlds with tight-knit neighborhoods and the Nickel Plate District offering a creative, lively place to work and play; making it easier to find places to go and things to do right here in Fishers. During the amphitheater’s premier year it hosted over 60,000 people at over 60 community events. Many events are free to the public, as the amphitheater serves to unite the community in fun, entertaining ways! (Resource Nickel Plate FB page)

Background Information

Fishers lies mostly in the east side of Hamilton County, adjacent to Carmel and Noblesville. In 1802 William Conner settled what is now Fishers. Conner built a log cabin and a trading post along the White River. The land that Conner settled is now known as Conner Prairie and is preserved as a living history museum. Settlers started moving to the area after Indiana became a state in 1816 and the Delaware Indians gave up their claims in Indiana and Ohio to the United States government in 1818.  

In 1849, construction began on the Peru & Indianapolis Railroad, extending from Indianapolis to Chicago. The railroad brought several people to the area then known as “Fisher’s Switch”. In 1872, Fisher’s Switch, also known as “Fishers Station”, was platted by Salathial Fisher at the present-day intersection of 116th Street and the railroad. Indiana’s General Assembly incorporated Fisher’s Station in 1891. In 1908 the post office changed the name of Fishers Switch to “Fishers” by dropping “Switch.”

After William Conner’s death in 1855, his family farm became a place of interest. The Hamilton County Historical Society placed a marker on the site of the William Conner farm in 1927.

In 1943, the Indianapolis Water Company constructed Geist Reservoir in order to prevent a deficit in Indianapolis’s water supply. They believed that Fall Creek and the White River would not keep up with the demand for water in Indianapolis. In the 1970s, the company wanted to triple the size of the lake, but the plan was rejected in 1978 and homes began to spring up around the reservoir.

Fall Creek Township became the site of a consolidation of area schools when Hamilton Southeastern High School was formed in the 1960s. In 1989 the town’s population reached 7,000 and the first Freedom Festival was held and was held every year until 2017 when the city decided to change the name to Spark!Fishers and be held at Municipal Complex.

The Thomas A. Weaver Municipal Complex opened as Fishers’ civic and government center in 1992. The complex is home to the Fishers City Hall, the police and fire department headquarters buildings, the Fishers Post Office, the Hamilton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Fishers Chamber of Commerce. 

In 2012, Fishers constructed a multipurpose trail in the downtown district and an amphitheater in the Thomas A. Weaver Municipal Complex.


The two high schools in the district are Hamilton Southeastern High School and Fishers High School. An investment of $10,000,000 was made in Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern High School’s state-of-the-art College and Career Academy additions, allowing students to experience a more relaxed, college campus-like experience. The glass classroom walls located in the new addition slide open to extend the classroom into the common area.

The twelve elementary schools, which students attend kindergarten through fourth grade are Brooks School Elementary, Cumberland Road Elementary, Durbin Elementary, Fall Creek Elementary, Fishers Elementary, Geist Elementary, Harrison Parkway Elementary, Hoosier Road Elementary, Lantern Road Elementary, New Britton Elementary, Sand Creek Elementary, and Thorpe Creek Elementary. Each school averages about 1,000 students in attendance.

The four intermediate schools, which students attend through fifth and sixth grade are Fall Creek Intermediate, Riverside Intermediate, Sand Creek Intermediate, and Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate.

The four junior highs, which students attend through seventh and eighth grade, are Fishers Junior High, Hamilton Southeastern Junior High, Riverside Junior High, and Fall Creek Junior High.

Parks and conservation

Fishers is home to over a dozen parks and nature preserves. The Fishers Trail & Greenway System has more than 85 miles available for use.

  • Billericay Park was named after the town’s sister city Billericay, England. The park has eight youth baseball fields, a multi-use trail through Billericay Woods, a playground, and a splash pad with a picnic facility.
  • Brooks School Park is a 16.5-acre park that has an ADA accessible playground for children, a multipurpose trail, a large athletic field, and a basketball court.
  • Cheeney Creek Natural Area includes the Cheeney Creek Greenway and a natural area.
  • Cumberland Park has soccer fields, a trail along the Mud Creek Greenway, a disc golf course, and a community building.
  • Cyntheanne Park has five multipurpose athletic fields as well as natural areas, two playground areas, and trails.
  • Eller Fields are two lighted youth baseball fields and a playground.
  • Fishers Heritage Park at White River is home to the Historic Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens. More than 170 years ago, a two-story log house was built on what is now the northwest corner of 96th Street and Allisonville Road; this is now known as the Ambassador House. It was carefully cut into two sections and moved to its current location in Heritage Park (106th Street and Eller Road) on November 19, 1996.
  • Flat Fork Creek Park is a newer park with excellent sledding hills for use on snowy days.
  • Hamilton Proper Park is a 19-acre park.
  • Harrison Thomas Park is a multi-use park featuring three baseball fields, three soccer fields, a playground, and a 3/4 mile trail.
  • Hoosier Woods is a small forest.
  • Mudsock Fields contains three lighted football fields.
  • Olio Fields is home to several softball fields.
  • Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve is approximately 127 acres: 42 acres are an Indiana State Designated Nature Preserve, and the remaining 85 acres are under a conservation easement governed by the Department of Natural Resources. The preserve offers five trails totaling 2 miles. Cheeney Creek passes through the north end of the property.
  • Roy G. Holland Memorial Park is the site of the Fishers Freedom Festival. The park also has soccer, baseball, and softball fields, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, woods, picnic areas, and a community building.
  • Wapihani Nature Preserve is a 77-acre nature preserve located along the White River in Fishers. It was purchased with White River Restoration Trust funds in early 2006 by the Central Indiana Land Trust. Riverside Middle School is located immediately south of the property. The property is available for students to utilize as an outdoor educational laboratory.

Conner Prairie

One of the best known living history museums in the United States. This museum showcases life during three different periods of the 19th century. The land housing the present day museum originally belonged to William Conner, the first permanent white settler of the region, who arrived in 1802 and established a trading post along the banks of the White River.

Business in Fishers

Fishers is home to the corporate offices for Naivent, Stanley Security Solutions, and First Advantage.

In addition, the city has invested in Launch Fishers which provides a strong entrepreneurial atmosphere to foster new businesses from idea to reality. With Launch Fishers, supporting resources and space to grow, Fishers is positioned to be the hub for innovation.

All information about Fishers came courtesy of Wikipedia and Fishers Website.

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