City Park Master Plan Update

Master Plan Update

On April 24, Manhattan Parks and Recreation will be presented a revised Master Plan of City Park for feedback from City Commission.

Concept D was developed addressing some concerns brought forth by public and internal review.

If you would like to share your thoughts to our staff please feel free to email Park Planner, Alfonso Leyva at

Recent Coverage about the Master Plan: 

View, May 2, KSNT News Story here:

The planning process is currently re-engaging with the community to evaluate parks and recreation facility improvements from a broader, community-wide perspective as part of the Parks and Recreation Facility Feasibility Study

Comparsion Plans from 2006 and 2015

Concepts A and B were presented to the public in 2015. 

Concepts C.1 and C.2 were developed in response to public, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and City Commission feedback.

Concept D addressed some concerns brought forth by public and internal review.

The Final Concept has been developed to address concerns from multiple meetings with the community and advisory boards. City staff will present the Final Concept to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on July 2nd, 2018 at 4:30 PM in the City Commission Room at City Hall. 

In December 2018, the City Commission accepted the Final City Park Master Plan Document located here. The image below shows the City Park Master Plan as accepted by the City Commission.
City Park Master Plan-Final Concept

Interesting Facts about Your City Park

  • 46.5 acres
  • 485 trees
  • 16 structures exist in the park comprising 1.5% of the overall space
  • 1.8 miles of off-street trails and sidewalks and 0.55 miles of bike routes comprising 4% of overall space
  • 210 paved parking spaces and roughly 335 gravel parking spaces comprising roughly 14% of the overall space (6.4 acres)
  • 16% of the park is used for outdoor programmed space (7.5 acres)
  • 64.5% of your City Park is open, non-programmed space (includes usable space/buffer space)

Major Projects in City Park since the 2006 Master Plan

  • Rose Garden renovation
  • Playground renovation
  • East Park Road closed
  • Splash Park
  • Playground shelter
  • Playground restrooms
  • City Park Pavilion
  • "Interim Master Plan" creates one-way central park road with on-street parking
  • City Pool expansion
  • Paved perimeter trail
  • Flag Plaza
  • Proposal to improve Wilson Field and overlay Baker Field with new turf infield
  • Pedestrian lighting on perimeter trail and North Park Road
  • Rose Garden fountain restoration
  • Arts in the Park seating and lights
  • Parks and Recreation office relocation
  • North Park Road parking improvements
  • Pool parking lot improvements

Community Engagement
These community groups are participating in the development of the concepts for the Master Plan Update.
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Aggieville Business Association
  • Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Historic Resources Board
  • Arts and Humanities Advisory Board
  • AHA! Manhattan
  • Flint Hills Daylily Society
  • Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School 5th & 6th Grades
  • Manhattan City Commission
We've reached out to the community through interactive activities at events and at neighborhood meetings.
  • Community Engagement Activity & Park Walk
  • Events, community workshops and public activities like the Farmer's Market.
  • Meetings included the East Park, City Park West and South Manhattan neighborhood associations.
An initial survey, which was completed by more than 550 citizens, helped guide the development of two concepts. A second survey to provide feedback on Concepts A and B resulted in over 1,400 responses.

Thank you for participating in the future of your City Park! Watch for more ways to be involved soon.