By JOHN KLINE
THE GOSHEN NEWS
GOSHEN — The Shanklin Millrace Neighborhood Association is billed as one of Goshen’s oldest and most centrally-located neighborhood associations.
In place for the better part of a decade, the Shanklin Millrace Neighborhood Association is bounded by Main Street on the east, Plymouth Avenue on the south, the Millrace on the west and Madison Street on the north.
“We’ve lived in the neighborhood for 28 years,” said SMNA Director Ruth Clouse. “I’d say we’re a medium-size neighborhood. I think there are a couple of neighborhoods that are larger than us just because our boundaries kind of tie us in.”
A relatively active neighborhood association, Clouse said SMNA has a history of annual gatherings within the neighborhood that help to bring the community together and keep the neighborhood connected and looking its best.
“We have some changes in leadership within the association, and we always have a fall picnic and things like that,” Clouse said. “We haven’t gotten together as officers yet this year, but I think we’re planning maybe an ice cream social or something like that in the spring. We also do a yearly clean-up in the spring during Beautify Goshen Week, and then we maintain what we call our neighborhood park down at the corner of Plymouth and Main which has trees and flowers and a bench built by my husband for people to enjoy.”
In addition to the small neighborhood park, Clouse also pointed to the association’s namesake — the nearby Shanklin Park and Millrace — as perhaps the most unique aspect of the association.
“I like the area, and of course living so close to Shanklin Park and the Millrace is nice,” Clouse said. “You can walk over there, ride your bike, it’s close to the park, and you get to see lots of people outside enjoying themselves.”
As for quality of life in the neighborhood, Clouse said she enjoys the relative stability and low crime rate of the neighborhood, noting in particular the recent influx of younger families with children that have brought a new vibrancy and life to the area.
“Some of the people on our street have been here for years and years, and there really isn’t much turnover,” Clouse said. “Main Street has more rentals, but other than that it’s pretty stable. A lot of younger families have moved in recently as well, which is nice, because with our picnic we’ve had many more children than we’ve had in a while. And the majority of them are homeowners, which is nice to see.”
In looking forward to any upcoming plans or changes for the association, Clouse noted that with the winter season setting in the association will most likely be fairly inactive for the next few months, though she added that spring is always a big time for the community.
“Right now we’re just maintaining things. There’s really nothing new that I’m aware of,” Clouse said. “But of course we will have our community gathering in the spring like we always do, and we’ll do our cleanup of Shanklin Park and all along the Millrace. We haven’t set a date for that yet, but I think that’s probably in the works.”