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CITY OF GOSHEN ESTABLISHES BROWNFIELD REVOLVING LOAN FUND PROGRAM

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Community Development Office is in the Annex Building, 204 E. Jefferson St. Mayor Jeremy Stutsman is pleased to announce the creation of a new Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Program, which will help with the assessment, remediation and redevelopment of potential brownfield properties. Grant and... more

SPECIAL BRUSH PICKUP STARTS MARCH 25

Monday, March 18, 2019

Piles of brush waiting to be collected sit on the curb during a brush pickup week. Due to high winds bringing some tree limbs down and popular demand, the Goshen Street Department will be doing a round of brush pickup the week of March 25. Have your brush by the front curb, but not in the street,... more

OPEN HOUSE: NEW PARKS & RECREATION OFFICES

Monday, March 18, 2019

The new Parks and Recreation office building stands on the southwest corner of Ninth and Jackson streets The Goshen Parks & Recreation Department is having an open House Friday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate their new office building at 524 East Jackson St. Please join the staff... more

Upcoming Events All »

Traffic Commission

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 4:30pm

Parks & Recreation Open House

Friday, March 22, 2019, 11:00am

Join us to celebrate our new office building this Friday, March 22 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, March 25, 2019, 2:00pm

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.