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Friday, December 9, 2022

This holiday season, we encourage you to take some time to get creative and help decorate the Mirth Tree! In an effort to reduce waste, the City of Goshen’s Department of Environment Resilience (GDER) wants to encourage you to see what you can create with only the things you can find or recycle.... more

Stormwater Partnership Surface Water Report on Annual Trends in Water Quality Published

Friday, December 9, 2022

The St. Joseph River Basin Commission has published a report analyzing over a decade of water quality data collected by the Elkhart County Health Department as part of the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership’s long-term surface water monitoring program. The report focuses on long-term... more


Friday, December 9, 2022

WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.WHERE: Prairie View Elementary School Gym, 1730 Regent Street, Goshen Please plan to attend to learn more about the mixed-use development being proposed for this 170-acres of land on the south side of Goshen including: Types and quantities of... more

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Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, December 12, 2022, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 847 4800 4365 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Community Relations Commission

Monday, December 12, 2022, 7:00pm

Redevelopment Commission

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 3:00pm

Trail App Credits & Resources

Credits for the

Ashley VanVurst Sensory Trail App

City of Goshen

Jeremy P. Stutsman, Mayor

Board of Public Works & Safety and Stormwater Board

Michael Landis, Mary Nichols, DeWayne Riouse, Barb Swartley


ADEC, Inc.

Donna Belusar, CEO

Michelle McGuin, Chief Programming Officer / Vice President

Christy Irwin, Therapy Program Manager

Alysha McKenzie, Recreational Therapist


Goshen Department of Environmental Resilience

Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, Department Head

Theresa Sailor, Sensory Trail Project Manager

Kendel Martin, Assistant Forester

Brandi DeVoe, Administrative Assistant

Naturalist Team

Chloe Taylor, Project Naturalist

Lily Kauffman, Summer Assistant

Joey Gibson, Summer Assistant

Programming Team

Gabrielle Vogeler, Lead Programmer

Kevin Mazariegos-Perez, Programmer

Jeanette Shown, Advisor, Associate Professor Computing Science and Information Technology at Goshen College


Parks Department

Tanya Heyde, Park Superintendent

Kevin Yoder, Maintenance Director


App Artwork

Mark Daniels’ Arts, app artwork

Cristian Mazariegos-Perez, assorted Icon design


Water Feature at Reith Interpretative Center

Aquascapes of Michiana, Water Feature Creation at Reith Interpretative Center

DLZ Corporation, Stormwater Feature Concept


Interactive Trail Art

Short Stack Press LLC.

Rothshank Artworks

Lindsay Caterina, Community Wellness Coordinator, Purdue University Extension


Spanish Translation by A2Z Translations


Assistance was provided by many

to make this project a reality including:

Richard R. Aguirre, Clerk-Treasurer

Jeffery Weaver, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer

Rhonda Peacock, Accounts Payable

Erin Fowler, Accounts Receivable

Dustin Sailor, Director of Public Works

Bodie Stegelmann, City Attorney

Brandy Henderson, Paralegal

Carla Newcomer, Paralegal

Denise Blenner, Assistant to the Mayor

Sharon Hernandez, Communications Coordinator

Tracy Eggleston, Mayor’s Office Assistant

Jason Kauffman, Stormwater Coordinator

Mattie Lehman, Stormwater Specialist

Richard Barnum, Street Department

Fred Schafer, Tech Support

Jen Oklak, Tech Support

Charlie Riggs, Wastewater Department

& the many persons from the community that provided

valuable feedback on the project











The App Development Team consisted of (from left to right) Gabrielle Vogeler (Lead App Programmer), Chloe Taylor (Project Naturalist), Lily Kauffman (Summer Assistant), Joey Gibson (Summer Assistant), Kevin Mazariegos-Perez (App Programmer).



Sensory Trail Resource Bibliography

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Meerbeek, Jonathan. “8 Cool Things You Should Know about Canada Geese.” Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 2020,

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