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ROAD CLOSURE: 5TH STREET

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Fifth Street is closed between Madison and Monroe while the city repairs a sinkhole. The road will be closed until Wednesday, May 22, unless work is delayed by the weather. more

MEMORIAL DAY

Monday, May 20, 2019

All City of Goshen offices will be closed Monday, May 27, 2019, due to the Memorial Day holiday. Garbage pickup will be delayed by one day the week of May 27. Trash will be collected starting on Tuesday, May 28. Due to the holiday, the Goshen Board of Works Meeting has been rescheduled to... more

MAY BRUSH COLLECTION

Monday, May 20, 2019

The May brush pickup will begin on Tuesday, May 28. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush by the front curb, but not in the street, by that first day in the morning at 7 a.m.  Brush will not... more

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MEMORIAL DAY

Monday, May 27, 2019

All City offices closed.

Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, May 27, 2019, 7:00pm

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Goshen Parks Forestry

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