Park Projects

Facility Feasibility Study


The Parks and Recreation Strategic Facility Improvement Plan provides a comprehensive look at Manhattan’s recreation facilities and programs. The plan evaluates existing indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, assesses the community's needs for improved places to play, and proposes strategies to enhance existing (or possibly build new) sport courts, fields and gyms from which the entire community will benefit. The Strategic Facility Improvement Plan was accepted by the City Commission on August 18, 2015. We are pursuing the Plan's top priorities including three new indoor recreation facilities and improvements to ballfields and tennis courts at CiCo Park in the Parks and Recreation Facility Feasibility Study.


Douglass Center Architectural & Electrical Improvements


Upgrades at the Douglass Community Center are planned over the next two years using Community Development Block Grant funding. BG Consultants has been hired to design architectural and electrical improvements. The Strategic Facility Improvement Plan identified numerous facility upgrades including the need to upgrade electrical panels and renovate the restroom and locker room areas. The project will be designed in two phases. Construction of the first phase is anticipated to occur in 2017 and includes the electrical upgrades.

Peace Memorial Auditorium Lobby Improvements


The Friends of Peace Memorial Auditorium have been fundraising for a few years to be able to turn the lobby of Peace Memorial Auditorium, which is adjacent to City Hall, into a veterans memorial. The project design includes plaques, flags and other memorabilia to honor Riley County veterans. The Friends group will fund the construction of the project. A timeline will be established at a later date following receipt of bids and award of a contract. The project was designed by Bruce McMillan Architects.

West Anderson Transportation Project


The West Anderson transportation project will affect Anneberg Park's trail. Please obey all posted signs as construction continues on this project throughout 2017.