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.
The 2014-2018 Parks & Recreation Master Plan outlines strategies the Parks Department will pursue to improve facilities and services. Five core recommendations were developed in the planning process:
• Pursue the growth and development of the Park System as outlined in the City of Goshen Comprehensive Plan
• Maintain community involvement in the planning and development process.
• Conduct annual reviews of the master plan and adjust as necessary to continue the goal of meeting the park and recreational needs of the community.
• Conduct annual reviews of park facilities and programs for compliance with ADA requirements to assure recreation opportunities for the physically challenged and disabled. • Refine a procedure and policy manual as well as update safety manuals along with regular safety training modules.
The purpose of this study is to assess current activities, resources, issues, and perspectives related to Goshen’s overall environmental context. This report provides a snapshot of our context at this particular moment to help evaluate the need and opportunities for an Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) to support the Mayor’s Office, the Goshen Parks Department, and other City of Goshen bodies who provide leadership and guidance on environmental issues.
Goshen began planning for an extensive bicycle and pedestrian trail system in 1993, which became known as the Maple City Greenway. The first two phases of the system consisted of the Millrace Trail and the Central City Trail. The Millrace Trail was completed in 1996 and extends 2.75 miles. It connects Elkhart River, Elkhart Dam, ShoupParsons Woods, wetlands, 34.5 acres of classified forest, Rieth Interpretive Center and the Central City Trail. The Central City Trail was completed in 1997 and extends 2 miles. It connects the downtown area to schools, Goshen College, County Courthouse, City offices, public library, businesses, churches, neighborhoods and historic homes.
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