Visit the Plainville Chamber of Commerce’s website for more information on the Chamber.
The Town of Plainville covers an area of 10 square miles in Hartford County, midway between New Britain and Bristol. It is located 14 miles southwest of Hartford. Plainville has a population of 19,000 and a median household income of $65,000. Its housing stock consists of 7,900 units with a median sales price of $195,000.
The Town of Plainville has had a town manager/town council form of government since 1959. The Town Council is made up of seven members who serve two-year terms.
Plainville was first settled in 1657 and was incorporated in1869. Its name developed around 1830 from an earlier reference to the area as the “Great Plain.” The industrial history of Plainville dates back to 1828, following the opening of the Farmington Canal and the early industrial sites in what is now the business district.
The town’s major industries include electrical products, spring manufacturing, tool making, metal stamping, heavy construction, and stone quarries. Economic development is a vital aspect of Plainville’s continued growth, with a lot of interest in small, diverse businesses looking to expand. Plainville’s Enterprise Zone has stimulated this type of new economic development opportunity for the town with the development of two industrial/business centers, Strawberry Fields Industrial Park and Farmington Valley Corporate Park. Both of these represent a partnership between the town and private developers working together to continue to expand Plainville’s business offerings.
Robertson Airport on Johnson Avenue in Plainville, now a full-service, modern facility, opened in 1911 making it the oldest airport in Connecticut. The Town of Plainville purchased the airport in 2009 for $7.7 million.
Plainville’s commercial/retail segment has also been diversified in the past few years. Connecticut Commons has stimulated new investment by national retailers such as Kohl’s, Old Navy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls, DSW Shoe Warehouse, AMC Theaters, Sleepy’s, ULTA Beauty, charming Charlie, Jos A. Bank, The Dollar Tree, Famous Footwear, Five Below, Friendly’s McDonalds, and Applebees. Crowley Corporation invested in the renovation of Crowley Volkswagen and opened the Crowley Ford Dealership.
Plainville revitalized its downtown area and has allowed the town to offer increased services for all citizens through recent renovations to the Police and Public Safety Facitilities as well at the Public Library. The Public Library, also home to the Plainville Historical Society, offers a variety of different services to anyone that holds a valid Connecticut Public Library Card. These services include free wireless internet, internet, online research databases, 94,000 cataloged books, movies, books on CD and more.
The Plainville Senior Center offers many programs for seniors including computer training, health and wellness classes, exercise programs, insurance assistance, Meals on Wheels delivery, and a transportation program. Through Plainville’s Housing Authority, 90 units are managed for senior citizens.
Plainville’s Fire Company is a volunteer department with 85 members. The Company is responsible for the Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival held each year in August. Thousands come from around the State to enjoy the festivities and fireworks display.
Plainville has three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Linden Street Elementary School, the oldest of Plainville’s school buildings, has undergone extensive renovations and expansions. The new facility fully integrates technology and will provide an excellent learning environment for students far into the future. The town also spent $60 million to renovate both Plainville High School and Toffolon Elementary School, updating the facilities and allowing for continued student body growth.
Trumbull Park boasts a new Little League field, all-purpose field, and baseball field. Norton Park features a softball diamond, soccer field, walking trail, and the Elizabeth A. Berner Pool, which is open from mid-June to the end of August for residents and their guests to enjoy. This family aquatic center offers two water slides, a raindrop fountain and a zero-depth entry tot pool.
Paderewski Park is the home of the Conservation Commission’s annual fishing derby. Tomasso Nature Park offers approximately four acres of wetlands, observation areas, knolls, trails and bridges. It is home to nearly 600 painted turtles and other wildlife.
Visit the town’s website at http://www.plainvillect.com for more information.