We appreciate the community involvement and participation in the development of all projects listed below.
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.
Ledgestone Park Grading Project
In 2010, the City of Manhattan acquired 5.1 acres of right-of-way for construction of Miller Parkway, parkland, related utilities, and sidewalks. At that time, waterlines were installed and road base constructed for the future Miller Parkway extension to Scenic Drive. Approximately 50,000 cubic yards of rock excavation from the waterline project was placed on this site. The City has used this rock as fill material for a variety of projects throughout the city and approximately 11,000 cubic yards remained on the park site on the south side of Miller Parkway. In 2015, a portion of this land was incorporated into Roger Schultz Community Park.
In 2016, the City acquired 15 acres of parkland on the north side of Miller Parkway, west of the rock pile location. This land is now called Ledgestone Park. The Roger Schultz Park Master Plan, adopted by the City Commission in 2018, recommended the south end of Ledgestone Park be developed as a level, grassed open space for neighborhood recreation. Late 2017, Schwab-Eaton, P.A. was hired through the City’s on-call engineering process to develop preliminary engineering drawings for both Schultz and Ledgestone Park sites. Schwab-Eaton finalized construction plans in early 2019. Plans call for rock fill from the Roger Schultz Park to be placed on the Ledgestone Park site. The fill will be used to create a two-acre open space in Ledgestone Park and make a similar two-acre open space in Schultz Park. Both sites will also receive topsoil and be seeded with the project that was awarded to Bayer Construction, Inc., of Manhattan, Kansas. The project is scheduled for completion by May 2019.
Roger Schultz Community Park - Loma Ridge Improvements Phase 1
Phase 1 - Phase 1 projects include standalone site improvements at the park entrances that are necessary to establish basic park access. This phase is essential to prepare the primary park entry points for future park amenities.
The development of the Loma Ridge entry is underway. This entrance is close to many homes and is already being used for access. This improvement will include a gravel parking area, stormwater management features, fire department access, and rough grading of the site for future phases.
Northeast Park Irrigation and Lighting
The Northeast Community Park was identified in the Parks and Facilities Assessment portion of the Strategic Facility Improvement Plan to look at making improvements to the lighting and irrigation of the soccer fields. The process is currently underway to select a consultant to prepare documents and estimates to move this project forward to make these needed improvements.
Linear Trail: South Manhattan and Pecan Circle Railroad Crossings
Work is being conducted to repair this area of the Linear Trail.
Douglass Recreation Center
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 ball fields and tennis courts at CiCo Park in the Parks and Recreation Facility Feasibility Study.