Celebrating clean water resources in our community and beyond, the City of Goshen Stormwater Department is hosting Goshen Water Fest at Mill Street Park (212 Prospect Ave.) on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The event will feature the unveiling of the 2022 storm drain mural art project and voting for a “People’s Choice” award winning artist. The theme of the project this year was “Dreaming of Clean Water” with the goal of raising awareness about the connection between the City’s storm drains and clean water.

To further that goal, the event will also feature a clean-up of Rock Run Creek and the surrounding neighborhood. Crews will be leaving from the main event center at regular intervals to participate.

Most storm drains in Goshen connect directly to waterways without any treatment—meaning trash and other debris in our roadways ends up directly in our rivers and streams.

City of Goshen Stormwater Specialist Mattie Lehman said Mill Street Park, which is located just north of Rock Run Creek, is a perfect example of how our community benefits from clean water resources. Moreover, it presents an opportunity to clean up an important waterway that flows through Goshen.

“We are excited to bring a major celebration to the northside neighborhood and hope that this might be the first Water Fest of many to come,” she said.

Thanks to several partnering organizations and entities, Water Fest will also have a number of water related kids activities and learning opportunities. Adults and kids alike wishing to participate fully in the event’s activities should be prepared for a soak! This will be a walk/bike event as parking at Mill Street Park is extremely limited. Attendees should plan to enter the event via the Maple City Greenway. An interactive event map with suggested parking and walking routes is available on the event page: Storm drain mural art locations have been positioned strategically along walk/bike routes to the event and secure bike parking will be available.