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CITYWIDE LEAF PICKUP TO BEGIN MONDAY, NOV. 20

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Street Department will be collecting leaves the week of Thanksgiving, beginning Monday, Nov. 20. The crews will drive around the city collecting leaves. For those who were not able to rake their leaves to the curb this coming week, the street department will continue onto its full-on leaf... more

Fall/Winter MapleCityNow copies now available!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Goshen residents will find copies of the Fall/Winter MapleCityNow in their mailbox over the next few days. Residents can also find extra copies at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, LaCasa, Inc. and City offices. This season's newsletter features information about the City's new Cremation Center, updates... more

CITY OFFICES CLOSED IN OBSERVATION OF VETERAN'S DAY

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The City of Goshen offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10 in observation of Veteran's Day. more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Aviation meeting

Monday, November 20, 2017, 1:00pm

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, November 20, 2017, 2:00pm

Park Board meeting

Monday, November 20, 2017, 5:30pm

Parks and Recreation

Mayor's Welcome

I have been enjoying Goshen’s parks since I was growing up just west of Shanklin Park. It is so exciting to see how our Parks & Recreation Department has expanded in both number of parks and number of programs. I have come to the point in my life where I am especially enjoying watching my children utilize the fantastic parks and more that I grew up with in Goshen.

I would like to thank Sheri Howland for her years of service to the Goshen community. She truly did some amazing things and will be missed. Tanya Heyde has taken Sheri’s place as Parks & Recreation superintendent, and she will continue the excellent work we have all come to love. I am looking forward to what new things we will see in our parks over the next few years.

Superintendent Heyde and her staff are continuing to work at expanding and maintaining our parks throughout this community. My family and I spend a good portion of our free time utilizing Goshen’s parks. It is a great way for us to get out of the house and stay active. Parks also provide venues for community members to meet and get to know one another. The Goshen Parks & Recreation Department has worked hard at creating a year-round experience for everyone. Whether you like hiking, sledding, sailing, triathlons, dance classes, movies, open spaces, splash pads or playgrounds, we have something for you.

This is all part of the continuing effort to enhance our community’s quality of life. Please come out and experience your parks this fall and winter. You will quickly realize why my family loves them, and you will learn just one of the many reasons why I am proud to call Goshen home.

    Sincerely,

Jeremy Stutsman, Mayor


Tanya Heyde, Superintendent                                
Goshen Parks & Recreation

607 W. Plymouth Ave.
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2901

Email: goshenparks@goshencity.com

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Dear Goshen Resident,

It is with great anticipation that I invite you to explore the 2017–2018 Fall & Winter Goshen Parks & Recreation Program Guide. The park staff and I are eager to offer an impressive lineup of fun, enriching and quality-of-life experiences for all ages.

As the warmer temperatures of summer give way to the crisp and cooler days of fall and winter, there is still much to enjoy in Goshen's parks: from hiking in the gorgeous autumn colors (or snowy landscapes) to playing with children and grandchildren at the many playgrounds to sledding and tubing at Abshire Park—to name just a few invigorating fall and wintertime activities.

Whether you take part in our trail system, canoeing, adult and youth sports, our special events, our fitness classes or other activities, we recognize that the Goshen park system is about you. The Park Department strives to meet the needs and desires of the community, and we welcome your thoughts and ideas. Each and every resident of Goshen is important to our staff.

We take great pride in offering quality programs and maintaining the best parks, facilities and programs possible. It is our privilege to continue to serve the citizens of this wonderful community, and we hope visitors to the Maple City take a few moments to see how these resources can enrich their lives too.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize my predecessor, Sheri Howland, for her 16 years of dedication to the Goshen Parks & Recreation Department. Her energy and effort were not only contagious, they were truly inspiring. We look forward to maintaining her forward momentum.

    On behalf of the entire staff, I thank you for your continued support.

    Enthusiastically,

Tanya Heyde, Superintendent, Goshen Parks & Recreation 

Mission Statement

The Goshen Parks & Recreation Department shall provide high-quality and effective recreation programs and special events, facilities and parks that benefit area residents and contribute to Goshen’s economy, environment, wellness and sense of community.

Vision Statement

We are a superior park and recreation department linking the Goshen community to its historical, cultural, natural and human resources in order to enhance the quality of life through the preservation of open space, provision of recreation activities, stewardship of resources, development of trails, parks and facilities, and maintenance of these community resources.

Goals & Objectives

To promote Community involvement in the planning and operation of all facets of Park and Recreation Department operations.

To allow for orderly growth and development of physical and natural resources.

To incorporate within the department and its programs, new technologies and processes that will make activities and services more cost effective.

To develop systems of information and guidance to provide for more effective delivery of activities and services.

To offer comprehensive, quality recreational programming aimed at satisfying the needs of varying age levels, physical abilities, and special interests. 

To maintain and improve the appearance of parks and existing facilities throughout Goshen at a high standard of quality on a systematic and scheduled basis.

To utilize the natural characteristics of the land when evaluating the potential for Park and Recreation purposes.

To periodically assess and evaluate the recreational needs of the citizens of Goshen. 

To make Park and Recreation participation as simple and convenient as possible to clientele and treat patrons like valued customers.

To provide efficient and effective direction, coordination, leadership, and quality leisure services throughout Goshen.


Parks & Recreation Administrative Office hours:

Monday- Friday, 7:00 am- 4:00 pm; closed New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  Phone (574) 534-2901.

Wayne Wogoman Welcome Center hours:  Wednesday- Friday, 10:00 am- 3:30 pm.  Phone (574) 975-6253.

 

For more information, please consult our Fall & Winter 2017-18 Program Guide.

We invite you to review the abridged Parks Department Master Plan.

Meeting & Events

MeetingMeeting DateMeeting TimeLocationAgendaMinutesNoticesAudio
Park Board meeting7/17/20175:30 pmRieth Interpretive CenterDownload Agenda   
Park Board meeting4/17/20175:30 pmRieth Interpretive CenterDownload Agenda   
Park Board meeting2/20/20175:30 pmRieth Interpretive CenterDownload Agenda   
Park Board meeting1/9/20175:30 pmRieth Interpretive CenterDownload Agenda   
Park Board meeting12/19/20165:30 pmRieth Interpretive CenterDownload Agenda   
Park Board meeting11/21/20165:30 pmRieth Interpretive CenterDownload Agenda   
Park Board meeting10/17/20165:30 pmRieth Interpretive CenterDownload Agenda   
Park Board meeting
Date & Time
7/17/2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location
Rieth Interpretive Center - 17:30:00
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Park Board meeting
Date & Time
4/17/2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location
Rieth Interpretive Center - 17:30:00
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Park Board meeting
Date & Time
2/20/2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location
Rieth Interpretive Center - 17:30:00
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Park Board meeting
Date & Time
1/9/2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location
Rieth Interpretive Center - 17:30:00
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Park Board meeting
Date & Time
12/19/2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location
Rieth Interpretive Center - 17:30:00
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Park Board meeting
Date & Time
11/21/2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location
Rieth Interpretive Center - 17:30:00
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Park Board meeting
Date & Time
10/17/2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location
Rieth Interpretive Center - 17:30:00
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