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$1,300 Raised for the Goshen Bark Park

We raised $1,300 dollars for the Goshen Bark Park Project!

Thanks to the Nelsons Chicken Fundraiser we were able to raise $1,300 for the Goshen Bark Park project, these funds will help us create more funding opportunities!


The next fundraiser is currently being planned for a Movie weekend at the Goshen Theater, the date and times have yet to be confirmed. We will be playing Marley & Me at the Goshen Theater this Summer or Fall and all proceeds will go to the Goshen Bark Park. Beyond that, we are working with the Goshen Parks department coordinate a ‘Tails on Trails’ event, more info on that coming soon!

The Goshen Bark Park would like to thank the following for their time spent volunteering for the Nelsons Chicken Event!


  • All those who purchased some Nelson’s Chicken!

Reminder of the Goshen Bark Park Fundraiser!

Don’t forget to purchase your pre-sale tickets for the Goshen Bark Park Fundraiser at Pet Supplies Plus in Goshen!

If you are interested in purchasing pre-sale tickets please email or call (574) 202-6441 or message us on Facebook by CLICKING HERE!

The Tickets are $6.50 a piece and the event is on Saturday, May 14th from 10am to 3pm. There will be Pit-Tatoes for $3.50 a piece the day of.

Goshen Bark Park Fundrasier

Goshen Bark Park Fundrasier

Goshen Bark Park Fundraiser with Pet Supplies Plus!

Mark your calendars for MAY 14th, The Goshen Bark Park is having a Fundraiser with Pet Supplies Plus!

Goshen Bark Park Fundrasier

Come support the Goshen Bark Park by buying some Nelson’s Chicken! You can pre-buy tickets by emailing or signing up at Pet Supplies Plus.

Goshen Bark Park Fundrasier - Nelsons

On May 14th, 2016 in front of Pet Supplies Plus in Goshen off US 33 we will be having a Nelsons Chicken Fundraiser, all profits will go straight to the Bark Park account!

Pet Supplies Plus - Goshen Bark Park Fundraiser

Goshen News Article (2/19/2016)


— A hangout for local canines remains be on track as fundraising efforts to build a new dog park in Goshen continue.


Since 2012, Goshen resident Joe Mehl has headed the push for the Goshen Bark Park project initiative.

“We are down to getting the money,” Mehl said, after receiving support for the park and getting approval for use of land from city officials.

An ideal location for the future park has been identified as a vacant plot near Oakridge Cemetery along west Wilden and north Indiana avenues, Mehl said.

“The city has no plans for it and has been maintained by the city,” Mehl said. “It wouldn’t increase any type of revenue for the city.”

Mehl said the Goshen Bark Park will be a fenced-in, off-leash dog park that would be used by members who would have access to the park by a key fob system or a pin-code entry system.

The cost of the park is estimated at $18,000, which includes fencing and the entry system.

“We want to provide an area for dogs to meet and greet other dogs,” Mehl said. “We don’t want to create a negative environment and if a dog is aggressive or having a bad day, they will be told to leave the park. A lot of research has been done in the first two years about dog parks.”

A proposal has been made to have three separate fenced-in areas within the dog park — a larger area for all dogs and two smaller areas for senior dogs and small dogs.

And Pet Supplies Plus has offered to donate a lifetime supply of dog poop bags for use at the dog park, Mehl said.

“Members would pay an annual fee between $25 to $75 and have to provide up-to-date veterinarian records of their pets in order to join,” he said. “It’s to protect the other dogs and humans, too. It’ll be a nice amenity for people with dogs to have a safe area for them.”

t-shirtBesides starting a marketing campaign and building a new website, Mehl has been busy working with local businesses to help promote and get apparel (which isn’t available yet) sold online, attending local pet-related events and encouraging supporters to donate online.

“People can go to our website — — and make a donation online,” Mehl said. “A gift account with the City of Goshen has been set up and donations can be made in person or by mail. All donations, past, present and future are tax deductible.”

Two upcoming fundraisers are in the planning stages with details still being worked out, he said.

pet-festThe first one will be a Tails on Trails event along one of the trails in Goshen that will be coordinated with the Goshen Parks & Recreation Department. Registered participants will get a T-shirt and be encouraged to bring their dogs. A formal summer event with a silent auction is being planned with all the proceeds going directly to the dog park.

For more information visit the Goshen Bark Park website at or their Facebook page — GoshenBarkPark.

Check out the Article HERE —>

East Bay SPCA - Goshen Bark Park

Local SPCA Does a Great Cover of “Uptown Funk” Starring Dogs Who Need Adopting

The great thing about this video is once the Goshen Bark Park is up and running, local adaptation and pet safety events will be held at the Future Location of the Goshen Bark Park! We plan to coordinate with the Elkhart County Humane Society!

Great Danes. Dachshunds. Pit Bulls. And so much more are in this cute, funny, and important video filmed at the East Bay SPCA.

The clip does does an awesome job of bringing attention to the many dogs who are in desperate need of adoption. It’s a catchy video with some great moments that will put a smile on your face while helping to spread the word on adoption and spaying and neutering one’s dogs.

Check out the video, it’s quite funny!

2016 Update for the Goshen Bark Park

Many of you may be wondering what is happening with the Goshen Bark Park, well please take a few minutes and read this update to find out.

Since we started this project initiative back in 2012, we have been busy getting approval for use of land from the city of Goshen, starting a marketing campaign, having a new website built, working with local businesses to help promote and get apparel sold online (coming soon!), attending local pet related events, and giving supporters the opportunity to Donate Online! We also have a lot more in the works to help get the Goshen Bark Park project off the ground that need a few more details worked out! So, keep a close eye on future post and updates about the Goshen Bark Park!

Check out what was done in the list above! (Just click on the bullet point)

Our Bark Park project leader is often asked

“what needs to happen in order for the Bark Park to become a reality?”

Well Let Us Tell You!

We need you and all your friends, family and co-workers to help spread the word about the Goshen Bark Park project, let people know donations are Tax-Deductible and we only need $18,000 to make the Goshen Bark Park a reality!

You Can Help By Considering To Make A Donation Today!

If you would like to make a donation online please follow the steps below:

Click the Image below

Goshen Bark Park - Donate

Click the image above or Click HERE

Fill out the account information as shown below

Goshen Bark Park - Donate

  • Location Code = 3180

  • State = Indiana

  • Jurisdiction Name = City of Goshen

  • Transaction = City of Goshen Parks and Recreation

Next fill out all your personal information

Goshen Bark Park - Donate

Please note that there is a conveince fee collected, as shown in the example above. The amount you can claim as Tax Deductible is the “Payment Amount” not including the fee. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Please fill out the “Purpose of Payment” to Bark Park Donation

  • Fill out personal and payment information

  • Check the “I Accept” box

  • Click the “Make A Payment” button

You are now finished and should receive a receipt to your email account.


To Donate in Person or by Mail:

A “Gift” account with the City of Goshen has officially been set-up! If you would like to donate to the cause please make all checks payable to “City of Goshen – Bark Park Gift” and send or hand deliver to:

Goshen Parks & Rec Office
2607 W Plymouth Ave.
Goshen, IN 46528-3714

The City of Goshen and Goshen Bark Park are pleased to let all donators know that all donations, past, present and future are Tax Deductible! If you donate and request a receipt you will receive a scanned copy from Please contact with any questions!

Good of Goshen – 10/22/14

Do you dream of a safe place to take your dogs in Goshen or are you sick/scared of seeing off-leash dogs in the city parks? Well, that is one main focus behind bringing Goshen a bark park! Besides promoting pet safety this bark park could have a large number of uses. For the betterment of the Goshen Community I am taking the lead to bring Goshen an off-leash bark park (dog park) so that the furry family members of our great community can have a safe off-leash space of their own! There are currently four locations being determined for an ideal location and those are as follows:……Click Here to read more

Elkhart Truth – 10/12/14

If you’d like to see a dog park built in Goshen, now is the time to vote in an online competition. Last month Goshen Bark Park, an organization dedicated to building a dog park in the city, entered a national contest that could win it $100,000 or $25,000 for the project. The first phase of online voting for the PetSafe “Bark for Your Park” competition ends Saturday, June 7. So far, the group has 1,674 votes……Click Here to read more

Goshen News – 5/15/14

GOSHEN — Local canines could soon have their own hangout if a current campaign to get a new dog park built in Goshen proves successful. Heading up the push for the new park is Goshen resident Joe Mehl, who is working with five “Bark Park” committee members to develop a master plan that will be presented to city officials seeking support. “The part of the Master Plan I’m in is the fundrasier stage, and getting local businesses and residents to support it in the form of donations,” Mehl said of the project. “So every chance I get, I have business cards on me, and when I see someone out walking their dog or what have you, I’ll give them a card.”……Click Here to read more

Elkhart Truth – 8/21/2013

GOSHEN — When Goshen resident Joe Mehl lived in Indianapolis, he said he always enjoyed taking his dogs to parks in the neighborhood. When he moved to Goshen just over a year ago, however, he was disappointed that there weren’t any parks within the city that catered specifically to dogs and their owners. Since coming back to the area, Mehl’s been pushing for such a park, which he’s dubbed the Goshen Bark Park. Mehl noted there are other dog parks in the area but explained that they aren’t convenient for people within the city who might want to bike or walk to the park. Initially, he approached Sheri Howland, the superintendent of the Parks Department, about building a dog park in town……Click Here to read more