Park Projects

The projects below are current projects in development with Manhattan Parks and Recreation. To learn more about each project, please visit the project pages. If you have questions or would like to provide feedback we encourage you to contact Assistant Director, Wyatt Thompson at thompson@cityofmhk.com or Park Planner, Alfonso Leyva at alfonso.leyva@cityofmhk.com 

We appreciate the community involvement and participation in the development of all projects listed below. 

Parks

Roger Schultz Community Park


The Roger Schultz Community Park (formerly Park at Lee Mill Heights) is an undeveloped 93-acre tract in the southwest quadrant of the city. The parkland is owned by the City of Manhattan and was annexed in 2015. It was acquired through a combination purchase and land donation. Surrounding land uses include residential on the south and east (predominantly single-family, detached residences), undeveloped land to the north (zoned residential) and rangeland to the west. There are two public access points: from Miller Parkway on the north and Loma Ridge Drive, a local street, on the east. The site is comprised of rolling prairie with steep slopes and deep, wooded ravines. There are approximately 165 feet of elevation change on the site. Several high points offer stunning views of the park and Kansas River Valley in the distance. There are a variety of plants and animals you may see in the park. 


Warner Park Master Plan 


Manhattan Parks and Recreation is working in collaboration with the LAR-320 Studio from the Landscape Architecture Department at Kansas State University. The LAR-320 Studio developed multiple conceptual design alternatives for City staff to consider during the process of updating the Warner Park Master Plan. The purpose of the focus group was to share community member’s perspectives on the park. To learn more about this project please visit the Park Master Plan page. 

Trails 

Old Blue River Trail  - Manhattan's newest trail 

There is a new trail being open in the Northview neighborhood. This new trail connection between the Northview neighborhood, Linear Trail, and McCall Road will increase connectivity within our community. 

The trail extends the sidewalk that ends near Casement and Hayes Drive, south to the Linear trailhead on Hayes Drive. A pedestrian/Bike crossing is installed across Hayes Drive to the new trail that will be constructed atop the access road and extend the route south to connect to a K-DOT project near IHOP and McCall Road. 

The trail was constructed entirely within City property and is funded in part through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and a Sunflower Foundation Grant as well as a People for Bikes Grant. 

Facility Improvements

 


Douglass Center Architectural & Electrical Improvements


Upgrades to the Douglass Center have been made! The Strategic Facility Improvement Plan identified numerous facility upgrades including the need to upgrade electrical panels and renovate the restroom and locker room areas. 

Peace Memorial Auditorium Lobby Improvements


The Friends of Peace Memorial Auditorium have been fundraising for a few years to turn the lobby of Peace Memorial Auditorium, which is adjacent to City Hall, into a veterans memorial. The project design by Bruce McMillan Architects includes plaques, flags, and other memorabilia to honor Riley County veterans. The Friends group funded the construction of the project. Dedication of the lobby project occurred in November 2017 and Auditorium improvements were completed in late 2018. To view complete details about the project please visit the new website at www.peacememorialauditorium.org 

Supporting Studies and Documents
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.