Warner Memorial Park
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 Memorial Park Master Plan
Manhattan Parks and Recreation Staff collaborated 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 Memorial Park Master Plan. To learn more about this project please visit the Warner Memorial Park Master Plan page.