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BOARD OF WORKS MEETING RESCHEDULED

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Due to the Christmas holiday, the Board of Public Works & Safety and Stormwater has been rescheduled from Monday, December 24, to Friday, December 21. The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. in the Council Chambers, Police and Court Building, 111 E. Jefferson St. more

REMINDER: THANKSGIVING DAY

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

All City of Goshen offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Trash collection services will be delayed by one day after Thursday, November 22. more

ROAD CLOSURE: RIVER RACE DRIVE

Monday, November 19, 2018

NIPSCO will be relocating electric utilities adjacent to the River Art Development on River Race Drive between Jefferson Street and the east/west alley beginning Monday, November 19. River Race Drive will be closed between the two roads for two weeks. more

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THANKSGIVING DAY

Thursday, November 22, 2018

OBSERVED: THANKSGIVING DAY

Friday, November 23, 2018

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, November 26, 2018, 2:00pm

Goshen Parks Forestry

Celebrate trees in Goshen at the 2017 Goshen Arbor Day event on April 28th! For details, please visit https://goshenarborday.com/.

 

Trees are a vital part of Goshen's life and infrastructure. Trees provide everyone with some invaluable services- and they do these services more cheaply and efficiently than human designs. 

For more information on the benefits of our urban forest:

Economic Benefits

Social Benefits

Ecological Benefits

Aesthetic Benefits

Combined Benefits


City of Goshen Tree Programs

The City of Goshen has two tree programs, which it offers through the Goshen Parks & Recreation Department, to help residents care for our "urban forest":

  1. The City will split the cost of tree maintenance, including trimming and removal, 50/50, for trees that are in the City's right of way. The City Forester can help determine right of way.
     
  2. The City will split the cost of planting a new, 2-inch diameter, 10- to 15-foot-tall tree if planted in the right of way. Resident portion is $80, which includes planting.

The City Forester, Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, will be glad to consult. Any questions about these programs, or about trees in general, can be directed to him at (574) 537-0986 or aaronkingsley@goshencity.com.


2011 Public Tree Inventory Analysis


2013 Urban Tree Canopy Analysis - Factsheet

Click Here to learn more.


Volunteer Opportunities

In addition, there are various volunteer opportunities in the public woods of Goshen. Tree planting, invasive plant species removal, trail maintenance and trash cleanup are some of the major ongoing projects within Goshen's urban forest. The Municipal Tree Nursery is one of the sites for volunteer work. While there is sweat involved in all these efforts, there is also a lot of fun, as well as the opportunity to be outside, learning about the wide world of trees! Share your love for nature, the environment and conservation with others!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Aaron at (574) 537-0986 or aaronkingsley@goshencity.com.


For more information about Parks programs and activities, please consult our current Parks & Recreation Program Guide.