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A simple small, rural community until the New Haven-Northampton Canal opened in 1828, Plainville has become a thriving commercial center. New business incentives include an enterprise zone and investment incentives.
Colonial, ranch and contemporary homes make up the local housing mix among spacious apartments and new condominium communities. Plainville also offers pleasant neighborhoods of new construction.
The hustling and bustling local recreational department sponsors programs practically non-stop for both children and adults. Trips, special events, concerts and school vacation activities are all part of the mix. All residents have year round access to the Plainville High School swimming pool. Near the end of August, Norton Park features a hot air balloon festival with games, music and fireworks.