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EIGHTH STREET TO BE CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION

Friday, April 13, 2018

In connection with the US 33 Northern Connector project, S. Eighth Street will be closed between Washington Street and Lincoln Avenue on Monday, April 16, 2018. The contractor also will be setting up a lane shift on Lincoln Avenue just west of the railroad tracks to allow for the construction of... more

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Governing Body: Goshen Dam Pond Dredging Advisory Board Date and Time of Meeting: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Place of Meeting: Goshen City Hall Conference Room 202 South Fifth Street Goshen, Indiana Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-5, the Goshen... more

City receives $25,000 from United Way of Elkhart County for Flood Recovery Fund

Thursday, April 12, 2018

On Wednesday, April 11, the City of Goshen received a donation of $25,000 from United Way of Elkhart County for the Flood Restoration Grant Program, bringing the total amount of money raised by the community so far to $52,485. The City will match these funds for a total of $104,970, and plans... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, April 23, 2018, 2:00pm

Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:00pm

Goshen Housing Authority Board meetings

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:00am

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.