We will be making periodic updates about our Trails on this page.
Wet weather throughout 2019, including numerous localized flooding incidents, has impacted many of our trails. Following rain events, we ask that users 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 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.
Anneberg Park Trails
To learn more about the Flood Recovery Updates from the 2018 Labor Day Flood please visit the Flood Recovery Page here.
Linear Trail, the longest trail in the Manhattan area, will be affected by a multi-year plan with the Army Corp of Engineers.
Engineer survey of the levee to begin January 28, 2019
The Corp of Engineers will be starting their preliminary survey of the levee's right-of-way the week of January 28, 2019, which will continue until mid-March of 2019. The survey crews that will be doing the work are employees of the 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 for the project could begin as soon as 2020 and is estimated to be completed by 2024. Linear Trail will remain on top of the levee and access to certain portions of the trail may 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 email@example.com
Old Blue River Trail - Manhattan's newest trail
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There is a new trail being open in the Northview neighborhood. This new trail connection between the Northview neighborhood, Linear Trail, and McCall Road will increase connectivity within our community.
The trail extends the sidewalk that ends near Casement and Hayes Drive, south to the Linear trailhead on Hayes Drive. A pedestrian/bike crossing is installed across Hayes Drive to the new trail that will be constructed atop the access road and extend the route south to connect to a K-DOT project near IHOP and McCall Road.
The trail was constructed entirely within City property and is funded in part through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and a Sunflower Foundation Grant as well as a People for Bikes Grant.
2018 New Completed Trails
- Jorgensen Park Trail - .85 mile Natural Trail
- Denison Avenue Trail - 1.0 mile Paved Trail
- Old Blue River Trail - .73 mile Gravel Trail
- West Anderson Trail .76 mile Paved Trail
Trail Evaluation History
During the Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2019, Manhattan Parks and Recreation hosted Trail Talks. These neighborhood meetings were opportunities for residents to discuss bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure needs and potential solutions that could be funded through the Rec and Trails Sales Tax. The 2018 meetings primarily involved identification of needed improvements including desired trail connections, sidewalk gaps, intersection improvements, and existing trail maintenance. The 2019 meetings included a review of current and recently completed trail projects, discussion of potential trail projects and enhancements, and options to prioritize funding of those projects.
In 2016, Manhattan Parks and Recreation 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 overall impact of trails 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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