Goshen's parks and trails seeing changes

By: Katherine Rufener Email
By: Katherine Rufener Email

Big changes are on the way for Goshen's parks and trails.

Fresh bike trails will connect Goshen to new locations, and new nature areas are offering relaxing leisure spots for family activities.

Whether it's biking, hiking or really any outdoor activity, Goshen's parks offer it all. Miles of walking and biking trails run through wetlands and peaceful nature areas filled with foliage, flowers and wildlife.

Residents say it's all about staying active with their families. Youngster Catelin Weaver says being outdoors is one of her favorite things about the summer. "I like being outside because I can go bike riding with my family and play outside with my friends," Weaver said.

And there's still more to come for the city. City Engineer Mary Cripe talked eagerly about a new project that's already underway called the Maple City Greenway. "This Greenway connects from our downtown Goshen and also to the Pumpkin Vine which goes to Middlebury and Shipshewana," Cripe said. "... and it will also connect on the north side of town to the Maple Heart Trail which connects to Ox Bow Park and the city of Elkhart."

In addition to this project, the city has another in mind. "We will be applying for bicycle friendly community, and we're hoping to be able to obtain a bronze level," Cripe said. The city recently installed 60 new bicycle racks as a part of their application.

If you're someone who enjoys activities that are a little less strenuous, how about a quite picnic area overlooking the Mill Race? A new picnic area has been dedicated in honor of Mike Puro, the former mayor of Goshen who was a visionary for Goshen's bikes and pedestrians paths.

The summer heat can be blistering, but if you think a walk or bike with your family is too much to handle take the advice of a third-grader named Samuel Perez who walked the whole two and a half miles of the Mill Race with his family. When asked what he would say to encourage others to try the walk he simply responded, "Come on! Let's go!" with a grin.

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