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Wilden Ave. Set to open soon

Wilden Avenue will soon be open, but not this Saturday as planned. Reith-Riley informed the City they will need to keep the road closed until 12 PM Friday, November 17, in order to finish concrete and grading work. When they open, we anticipate a smooth ride between Indiana Avenue and Main Street!

Boil Order: Blackport Dr. to S 29th St.

Starting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, a water main valve was shut off to repair a hydrant valve. A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for East Goshen from Blackport Drive to S 29th Street, for when the water comes back on.

It is recommended that all cooking and drinking water be brought to a complete boil for five minutes before using.  Please continue to boil all cooking and drinking water until a notification that it is no longer necessary.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time and will update you as necessary until the drinking water problem has been solved.  If you have any questions concerning the drinking water problem, please contact your water department at 574-534-5306 or

More info on boil orders can be found below:

Park restroom access during the fall and winter season

As the temperatures drop and winter approaches, it’s essential to stay informed about the status of park restroom facilities in your area. Remember to check the park’s specific hours of operation, as these may vary. Keeping this information in mind will help you plan your outdoor activities with ease during the fall and winter months.

The Unheated Park Restrooms Are Closed for the Season

First and foremost, please note that the unheated park restrooms are now closed for the season. As the colder weather sets in, these facilities are temporarily shut down for maintenance and safety reasons. But don’t worry, there are still options available for your convenience.

Heated Restroom Facilities

For those who prefer the comfort of heated restrooms, there are two locations you can count on throughout the season:

  1. Abshire Cabin (1302 E. Lincoln Ave): This charming cabin offers a heated restroom facility for your comfort. It’s a great option for those visiting the park in the vicinity of E. Lincoln Ave.
  2. Shanklin Park Warming Building (near the pond) (411 W. Plymouth Ave): Located near the picturesque pond, this warming building houses a heated restroom facility. Enjoy the scenic views and warmth during your park visit.

Portable Restrooms

In addition to the heated facilities, there are portable restroom locations available for your convenience at the following sites:

  1. Shoup Parsons/Goshen Dam (755 Fair Oaks Dr): If you’re exploring the beautiful Shoup Parsons/Goshen Dam area, you’ll find portable restrooms here to cater to your needs.
  2. Pumpkinvine Trail (near CR 28): Whether you’re hiking, biking, or just taking a leisurely stroll along the Pumpkinvine Trail, you can access portable restrooms near CR 28.
  3. Oakridge Park Area (Wilden Ave. Trail at 1st Street): Enjoy the natural beauty of Oakridge Park and its surroundings while knowing there are convenient portable restrooms nearby.
  4. Fidler Pond Park (1424 Lincolnway E): If you’re spending time at Fidler Pond Park, you can rely on the availability of portable restrooms for a comfortable experience.

We want you to make the most of the beautiful outdoor spaces in our community while staying comfortable and prepared for the changing seasons. So, don’t let the cold weather deter you – embrace the beauty of fall and winter in your local parks.

Don’t forget to ‘Fall Back’! Daylight Saving Time ends on November 5, 2023

As the leaves change color and the air gets crisper, it’s a sure sign that autumn is in full swing. With the changing of seasons comes an important reminder – the end of Daylight Saving Time! On November 5, 2023, we will set our clocks back by one hour, officially marking the return to Standard Time.

Why ‘Fall Back’?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a practice where we adjust our clocks forward by one hour in the spring and set them back by one hour in the fall. The concept is simple – we “spring forward” in March to make better use of natural daylight during the longer days of spring and summer, and in November, we “fall back” to return to Standard Time as the days become shorter.

What to Do:

On the night of Saturday, November 4, 2023, before you head to bed, remember to set your clocks back by one hour. This simple action will ensure that you’re in sync with the new time schedule.

Safety Check:

This is also an excellent time to check and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s a small step that can make a big difference in your safety.


Daylight Saving Time is a timeless tradition that helps us make the most of daylight throughout the year. So, on Sunday, November 5, 2023, remember to set your clocks back, enjoy the extra hour, and embrace the coziness of autumn as we transition into the Standard Time zone.

Wilden Avenue closed for paving tomorrow

Crews are moving quickly to finish construction along Wilden Avenue. In order to complete the final surface paving, Rieth-Riley will need to close Wilden Avenue between Rock Run Creek and Michigan Avenue for part of the day tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd. Vehicles will not be able to drive between Indiana Avenue and Michigan Avenue during that time.

Meet the 2023-24 Kid Mayor finalists

Meet Amari Stoll, Lincoln Tolin, Christopher Budiardja, Philip Gingerich, Elyana Rojas Lopez, and Ainsley McPhail, the six 2023-24 Kid Mayor finalists.

Finalists will participate in the Goshen First Friday Parade of Lights on November 3 and give speeches at the November 13 Goshen City Council meeting. The election will take place on December 1. The new kid mayor will be announced at the December 4 city council meeting.

Any fourth-grader with a Goshen address was able to submit a video as to why they should be the next Kid Mayor, and all of Goshen’s fourth-graders will vote for the next Kid Mayor. 

Meet the finalists

Amari Stoll attends Chamberlain Elementary School. Amari enjoys academics, being outside, and joking around with her siblings. Amari says she would make a good Kid Mayor because she is good at being organized and professional.

Lincoln Tolin attends Model Elementary. Lincoln describes himself as kind, helpful, responsible, respectful, and generous to all people in the world. Lincoln loves basketball, football, math, and spending time with his family and friends.

Christopher Budiardja is a student at Chamberlain Elementary School. Christopher loves to play soccer during recess with his classmates. He plays violin and likes to help others. Christopher would like to become the Kid Mayor because he loves Goshen and wants it to be the best community it can be.

Phillip Gingerich is a student at Chamberlain. Phillip describes himself as funny, smart, and creative. He enjoys spending time with his family. Phillip would like to be elected Kid Mayor because he believes he could make a big impact on Goshen.

Elyana Rojas Lopez is a student at Parkside Elementary, where she is an ambassador. She likes reading and can speak both Spanish and English. She would like to be a marine biologist. Elyana would like to be Kid Mayor because she loves to help her community.

Ainsley McPhail attends Prairie View Elementary. Ainsley loves to stay active and play volleyball. She is also a big Baby Yoda fan. Ainsley thinks she would be a good Kid Mayor because if she is elected, she will be responsible and kind.

Happy New Water Year

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The goal of the Goshen Stormwater Department is clean water for everyone and everything. One way this is achieved is through public education and the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter is one of many ways this is accomplished. 

In this month’s newsletter, there are three articles:

  1. Happy New Water Year – Find out what the “water year” is and why it is important to understand how much water falls from the sky from place to place and during different seasons of the year. Additionally, find out how you can help monitor rainfall by becoming a volunteer with CoCoRaHS
  2. Find out the origins of the word “hydrology” in the next installment of the “Why are there so many words for waterways?” series. 
  3. The Value of Water has been calculated at $58 Trillion by the World Wildlife Foundation! Water has immense value but we continue to have “water blindness” to this important resource. Find out more.

If you have concerns about stormwater drainage or water quality issues or have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the Goshen Stormwater Department at or 574-534-2201.

You can still plant this season!

Many people ask “how late in the year can we plant a tree?” Our answer: Ideally, before Thanksgiving, though you can still plant as long as you can dig – usually, this means before the first hard frost. There is no need to water the tree when it is planted in the fall due to its dormancy. Creating a circle of mulch around the tree when it is planted is also important to keep it safe from mower damage and keep the soil moist, though “volcano mulching” – mulching up the base of the tree trunk – is a big problem. Instead, create a “doughnut” of mulch around a tree to help it thrive.

Why plant trees? Trees provide enough shade to reduce cooling costs in your home, and deflect chilly winds in the winter. Trees absorb thousands of gallons of rainwater each year and can help to reduce the need for stormwater runoff systems that may be expensive to build, and require costly maintenance. Most notably, trees absorb vast amounts of toxins in the air, as well as carbon dioxide, cleaning and filtering our air, and releasing oxygen in the atmosphere. Not to mention they make our neighborhoods beautiful!

Questions about planting trees or about trees in general? Call Rieth Interpretive Center to reach the Environmental Resilience Department at 574-534-0076 or email at

Learn More!

Goshen’s 38 Ongoing Road Projects

Are you curious about the latest updates on Goshen’s ongoing road projects? We have 38 projects aimed at improving our city’s infrastructure, making it more accessible and convenient for all residents. One of these projects, Wilden Ave, is making remarkable progress and is scheduled to reopen on November 11th.

Wilden Ave: Paving the Way for a Better Goshen

Wilden Ave is one of the key roads undergoing transformation in our ongoing road improvement projects. It’s been a significant effort, and we’re thrilled to announce that it’s on track to reopen on November 11th.

We understand that you might want to dive deeper into each of these 38 projects. For a more in-depth look at Wilden Ave and all the ongoing road projects in Goshen, we invite you to click here. This link will provide you with detailed information about each project, maps, and how they contribute to the betterment of our beautiful city.

Improving Infrastructure for a Brighter Future

These ongoing road projects in Goshen are a testament to our commitment to creating a more efficient and accessible city. They aim to enhance the quality of life for our residents, improve traffic flow, and ensure the safety of all who use our roads.

As we near the reopening of Wilden Ave and continue work on the other 37 projects, we encourage you to stay updated and engaged in the development of our city’s infrastructure. Feel free to explore the provided link for a comprehensive overview of the ongoing road projects and get ready to experience a better, more convenient Goshen.

We’ll keep you posted on further developments and milestones.

If you’d rather chat please call our engineering team with inquiries at 574-534-2201 or send an email to

2023 Fall fire hydrant flushing

Map of flushing zones

Click here for an interactive map of showing the hydrant flushing schedule.

The City of Goshen Utilities will begin flushing fire hydrants for the fall season starting Monday, October 9th through Friday, October 13th.

From Monday, October 9 through Friday, October 13, the Goshen Water & Sewer Department will be flushing from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the upper-pressure zone, which is everything northeast of U.S. 33 and the Norfolk Southern tracks.

Also, on Monday, October 9, they will start nighttime flushing from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. from North Greene Road to the western city limit and between the Norfolk Southern tracks to the southern city limit.

On Tuesday, October 10, workers will start flushing from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. between Cottage Avenue and 10th Street between the Norfolk Southern tracks and the southern city limit and between Lincolnway East and the Norfolk Southern tracks heading east to the city limits.

On Wednesday, October 11, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., workers will flush hydrants between Pike Street and the southern city limit and between North Greene Road and Cottage Avenue.

On Thursday, October 12, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., workers will be flushing between Norfolk Southern and the southern city limit, between North Greene Road and the western city limit.

The Water & Sewer Department asks that you avoid doing laundry on the day the flushing is close to your home due to the rust that is being removed from the water mains. If you do have a problem with your laundry, please call the Water & Sewer Department; they will have some special soap for you.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Goshen Water and Sewer at 574-534-5306.