The Goshen Park District was created to support and promote recreational activities in the community. Our first community park was made possible through a generous donation of land by Kathryn Stagge-Marr, well known Goshen educator and resident.
The 82 acre farm she willed belonged to her family, and is located on Goshen Road, next to the middle school. Mrs. Marr had an obvious love for children, and instructed us to ensure that the park had lots of opportunities for children to play and engage with nature.
The Goshen Park District strives to provide quality recreational facilities and natural spaces for Goshen residents to enjoy. We also strive to create a nurturing environment in which children of all ages can experience and appreciate nature. To this end, we hope to promote and enhance the quality of life and opportunity for recreation for all in our community.
The Goshen Park District is the final result of a study done in 1992 by the Land of Goshen Initiative (LOGI). The study found that the desire for recreational facilities ranked in the top five on the list of things people would like to see in Goshen. The Goshen Recreation Commission (GRC) was formed after completion of this study. Since that time, GRC has been active in the community. In addition to community functions, GRC was also pursuing land for a community park. In their venture for land it was discovered there were many aspects that were not obtainable by a non-profit 501c3 organization.
It was then that the GRC circulated petitions stating that the people of Goshen would like to see a Park District formed and parks established. Over 300 signed petitions persuaded the Goshen Township Trustees to place an issue on the ballot in November of 1998. The issue passed, and the Goshen Park District was formed in 1999.
The Goshen Park District then assumed the task of acquiring land for parks in Goshen. The Goshen Park District is one of the few park districts in the state of Ohio. Most townships have park departments which are governed by township trustees. The Goshen Park District has a board of five Park Commissioners appointed by the Township Trustees and are governed solely by the Ohio Revised Code. Because the Goshen Park District is self-governing, they are also self-funded – which means it operates solely off donations and volunteers.