Situated in the southwestern part of the city, this park offers one of the largest expanses of undeveloped open space in the community. Naturalized wooded areas, open space, and select native prairie grass areas are the primary attributes of this park. With the exception of a covered shelter and some road improvements, this park has been left mostly undeveloped.
A number of trails are in place around the park including the "Eight Weeks Trail" on the west end of the park. This trail was developed by the Park Conservation Crew in 1998. There is also a trail currently under construction on the east and south edges of the park that traces the original path of the Fort Riley Leavenworth Trail System used by the United States Cavalry. Plans are underway to add a life-size replica of a mounted trooper on the rise just to the northeast as you enter the park.
Warner Park is the home of City of Manhattan's first disc golf course. The nine-hole Warner Park Disc Golf Course was established in the spring of 2010.
If your activity requires a large open space, you should consider Warner Park. Access to the park is limited to walk-in traffic through the main gate and the disc golf parking lot off Shuss Road. In certain circumstances, special arrangements are made for larger groups through the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department.
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 will develop 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 Warner Park Master Plan page.
Students presented their final conceptual design proposals at an open house public meeting on April 14, 2018, at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Visions for the park can be seen at the links below. With the completion of the students' visions, City Staff will begin preparation of a final master plan based on their ideas and public feedback.
The process will include opportunists for public input through City Advisory Board meetings and at least one additional public meeting. Anticipated completion of the master plan is Fall 2018.
- Kansas State University LAR-320 Studio Vision Posters (PDF)
- Kansas State University LAR-320 Studio Vision Booklets (PDF)
Master Plan Update
City Staff is continuing the process to update the Master Plan for Warner Park. Two master plan concepts were formed using conceptual plans generated by KSU students. The two concepts can be viewed below. The newest concept is a combination of the latest concept developed after community input and the proposed disc golf course layout by HouckDesign.