Park Master Plans

100 Dix Drive

The City of Manhattan acquired the property at 100 Dix Drive in 2017. The area is within a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain and will be managed as open space by Manhattan Parks and Recreation. The City hosted neighborhood meetings in 2017 to inform neighborhood residents about the acquisition and hear their ideas to turn the 0.2-acre site into a neighborhood amenity.

The Master Plan (PDF) documents this community engagement and the conceptual design process for the park. Then Plan recommends passive park amenities such as seating, landscaping, and signage to be developed at the site.

City Park Master Plan

This updated master plan is a long-range vision for City Park. Established in 1857, City Park is one of the oldest parks in Manhattan, Kansas. The park has seen many transformations through its 160-year existence. The master plan responds to the site's history, existing conditions, and community-identified priorities. This document begins with site inventory and analysis. Subsequent chapters describe community engagement efforts and concept development. The closing chapters describe the plan's recommendations, phased implementations, and budget estimate. View the City Park Master Plan (PDF) and Appendix Documents (PDF).

Roger Schultz Community Park Master Plan

The Roger Schultz Community Park (formerly known as the Park at Lee Mill Heights) is an undeveloped 76.5-acre tract in the southwest quadrant of the city. The parkland is owned by the City of Manhattan and was acquired through a combination purchase and land donation. There are two public access points: from Miller Parkway on the north and Loma Ridge Drive, on the east. The site is comprised of rolling prairie with steep slopes and deep, wooded ravines. There is approximately 165 feet of elevation change on the site

The Master Plan includes information on the site's history, analysis of the existing conditions, and recommendations for future park improvements. View the Roger Schultz Community Park Master Plan (PDF) and Appendix Documents (PDF).

Warner Memorial Park Master Plan

Warner Memorial Park will continue to be a gem in the City's parks system. 89 acres of undeveloped public open space in the middle of the City is a precious resource that the community has a vested interest in protecting. Preservation of open space must be balanced against the needs and rights of the public to access and enjoy the parkland. 

The Warner Memorial Park Master Plan recommends improved trail connections and signage, a bridge, pollinator meadows, rockery gardens, enhancements to existing features, a new restroom/shelter and expanded parking on the northeast corner of the Park. Warner Park Road would open but only extend to the Enhanced Shelter with enough parking for five vehicles. View the Warner Memorial Park Master Plan (PDF) and Appendix Documents (PDF).

Colorado Park Master Plan (Historic Courthouse Square)

This Master Plan for Colorado Park (Historic Courthouse Square) (PDF) is inspired by the 2001 Master Plan, a 2012 concept plan, details of the historic jail, and analysis of historic aerial photography. The proposed concept seeks to capitalize on ideas proposed in these earlier plans and design elements that were once a major part of the site to re‐establish a similar environment while accommodating current needs. View the Master Plan Narrative (PDF).

Strategic Facility Improvement Plan

The Parks and Recreation Strategic Facility Improvement Plan (PDF) provided 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 that the entire community will benefit from.