Know Before You Go
Wet weather can impact many of our trails. Following rain events, please avoid gravel surface or natural surface trails to allow time for the trail surfaces to dry. Riding or walking on muddy trails leaves tracks, which requires additional staff time to repair. We encourage the use of paved trails if possible. Some paved trails, primarily located in low-lying areas along Wildcat Creek, may also be impacted by rain or siltation following rain events. We are working as diligently as possible to restore trails affected by wet weather.
Linear Trail, the longest trail in the Manhattan area, will be affected by a multi-year plan with the Army Corp of Engineers. The intent of this project is to raise the levee along the Big Blue River from the intersection of Casement Road and Hayes Drive, south to the confluence of the Kansas River and Big Blue River, and wrap around upstream to just west of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) facility.
When completed, the levee project will increase the level of protection from flooding events along both the Blue and Kansas rivers, as well as replace several structures and equipment along the levee that were installed with the original project in the early 1960s.
Construction is estimated to be completed by 2024. Linear Trail will remain on top of the levee and access to certain portions of the trail will be restricted during the construction phase
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Brian Johnson, P.E. City Engineer at 785-587-2415 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Completed Trails
- Kimball Trail: Hudson to Vanesta - 0.5 mile Paved Trail
2018 Completed Trails
- Jorgensen Park Trail - 0.85 mile Natural Trail
- Denison Avenue Trail - 1.0 mile Paved Trail
- Old Blue River Trail - 0.73 mile Gravel Trail
- West Anderson Trail 0.76 mile Paved Trail
Trail Evaluation History
Manhattan Parks and Recreation recently conducted an evaluation of its trail system with the help of the Center for Research Strategies. The evaluation included the assessment of trail use and the overall impact within the community. A number of evaluation tools were used to reach thousands of residents:
- 1,976 community members responded to an electronic survey
- 262 trail users provided feedback through trail intercept surveys
- 5 city leaders were interviewed
- And 51 people participated in focus groups to voice their opinions about trail use and suggestions for improvements
Through this evaluation, Manhattan residents and community leaders confirmed the trail system is an asset to the community and attracts many regular users. Possible improvements identified in this process include lighting, increased trail connectors, and improved safety. More event-based activities could be organized to attract greater use of trails by families and young children, according to feedback provided in this evaluation.
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