Mill Branch Park to be opened in Fall 2021.
Goshen Parks and Recreation Commission News Update January 24, 2022
New City Park. As you may be aware, in 2020 and early 2021 the city of Goshen conducted a survey to determine the kinds of parks residents desired. A walk park was heavily favored, followed by a general park at the community center. We applied for a grant from Arkansas State Parks for $75,000 and were recently notified we won the grant for a community center park. Currently, a play gym is planned and hopefully a ball court. A request for bids to prospective contractors will follow a formal meeting with the State in February/March. More park activities in the future are planned to follow at the community center.
New Walk Park. The city has purchased/leased 104 acres of land just off State Highway 45 to make that happen. We will be submitting a grant application to the Arkansas Department of Transportation to continue the work the city has already begun on that park. The acreage was an old ranch with two inoperable barns, a chicken house, two springs and a beautiful creek running through it. The old chicken house has been torn down, trees trimmed, trash and old tires removed, one barn torn down, and the other barn is in the process of being deconstructed. The parking lot has begun to be built and a water feature on the creek is planned to be constructed in the May timeframe. The park is planned to be open to the public in the second half of 2022. The Goshen Parks and Recreation Commission is very excited about this fine facility, currently being made ready by city staff, volunteers, and contractors.
Goshen Parks and Recreation Commission News Update August 26, 2021
New City Park. As you may be aware, the city of Goshen has purchased 20 acres toward a new park between State Highway 45 and Fire Tower Road and recently approved the purchase of another 11 acres. The city plans to purchase an additional 70+ acres in the next five years for a total of 104 acres. The park will have trails for extended hikes and short walks – something Goshen residents overwhelmingly desire. The parks terrain has steep ravines, flat fields, and a perennial stream and springs. The city recently completed the removal of an old chicken house and barn that were deemed hazardous and unsightly. However, the old chicken house’s foundation is solid concrete and in good shape - a potential surface for recreation courts, pavilion, other. The access road and parking area need improvement and that task is a priority for the parks commission and city. The goal is to have a safe parking area by the year’s end so that Goshen’s residents can start enjoying the park.
Grant Applications have been submitted to the State Outdoor Grant Program for a FUN Park Grant and to the Arkansas Department of Transportation for a parking area and ADA trail. The FUN Park grant, if awarded, will be used for a recreational ball court and play gym at the community center.
Walk Bike Northwest Arkansas. Your Parks Commission is an active member of a regional initiative to update the 2014 Walk Bike Plan for Northwest Arkansas. For Goshen, the existing plan envisions bicycling and walking trails that connect the city to the Razorback Greenway Trail and other regional destinations. The Parks Commission will be sharing more about the plan as it develops.
Beaver Watershed Alliance will be hosting a Bio Blitz on September 12th, 8 AM to 2 PM, at Mill Branch Park. Volunteer naturalists are encouraged to participate. If anyone is interested in participating, please contact Goshen Parks and Recreation Commission at the new email address of: GoshenARParks@outlook.com