Park Master Plans

100 Dix Drive 

The City of Manhattan recently acquired the property at 100 Dix Drive. The area is within a FEMA floodplain and will be managed as open space by Manhattan Parks and Recreation. The City hosted a neighborhood meeting in 2017 to inform neighborhood residents about the acquisition and hear their ideas to turn the 0.2-acre site into a neighborhood amenity. Parks and Rec prepared four concepts showing possible site improvements, and presented those ideas at a second meeting held later in the fall of 2017. 

The overall goal of each design was to create a visually pleasing and inviting space for the neighborhood to use and enjoy. Although each concept explores different ideas, all designs contain the following features: 
  • Signage to identify the place 
  • Landscaping to beautify the site and create a buffer to block views to neighboring residences 
  • Trees to provide shade and visual interest 
  • Site furniture like benches, trash cans, bicycle parking, and drinking fountain

The final plan for the park can be viewed here.

City Park Master Plan in process 

This updated master plan document 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.

The Master Plan of City Park can be viewed here.
Appendix Documents can be viewed here.

Roger Schultz Community Park Master Plan 

The Roger Schultz Community Park (formerly known as the Park at Lee Mill Heights)  is an undeveloped 93-acre tract in the southwest quadrant of the city. The parkland is owned by the City of Manhattan and was annexed in 2015. It was acquired through a combination purchase and land donation. Surrounding land uses include residential on the south and east (predominantly single-family, detached residences), undeveloped land to the north (zoned residential) and rangeland to the west. There are two public access points: from Miller Parkway on the north and Loma Ridge Drive, a local street, on the east. The site is comprised of rolling prairie with steep slopes and deep, wooded ravines. There are approximately 165 feet of elevation change on the site.

The Master Plan of Roger Schultz Community Park can be viewed here
Appendix Documents can be viewed here

Warner Park Master Plan in process  

City Staff is continuing the process to update the Master Plan for Warner Park. The latest concept, Coralberry, consolidates the two previous concepts based on public feedback and the proposed disc golf layout by HouckDesign.

Coralberry Concept

Colorado Park (Historic Courthouse Square)

This master plan for Colorado Park (Historic Courthouse Square) 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.
Master Plan Narrative
Master Plan 

Strategic Facility Improvement Plan

The Parks and Recreation Strategic Facility Improvement Plan 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. 
Strategic Facility Improvement Plan