Parks & Recreation

Sheri Howland, Superintendent
607 W. Plymouth Ave.
Goshen, IN 46526

Email: goshenparks@goshencity.com



Goshen Parks & Recreation is proud to offer quality programming for residents throughout Goshen and Elkhart County. With 27 parks, open space and common areas, there is truly something for everyone: 500-plus acres of parkland, quiet nature parks, classified forest, 80-acre lake, three swimming pools in one aquatic facility, two splashpads, 17 diverse sport fields, 16 pavilions (13 with restrooms), interpretive center, skateboard park, sledding/tubing hill, pickleball courts, 12 structured playgrounds, 27 plus miles of trails, 22 landscaped areas, canoeing, kayaking and over 100 units of programs and special events annually.

Goshen Parks continues to partner with schools, neighborhoods, social services, state organizations, private benefactors, many volunteers and local businesses to build and expand our parks. Our facilities remain clean, safe and well-maintained, and with the help of creative alliances and sponsorships we persevere to expand upon our already diverse leisure programs and services for the Goshen community.

Community investments like these improve the quality of life for all Goshen residents, strengthening our families, our neighborhoods and our community. We invite you to explore Goshen Parks to see for yourself why our parks and recreation system is truly first class.

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.

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