Park at Lee Mill Heights

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 recently annexed. 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 is approximately 165 feet of elevation change on the site. Several high points offer stunning views of the park and Kansas River Valley in the distance. There are a variety of plants and animals you may see in the park.

The goal of this project is to develop a master plan for a new natural area park. The park offers residents a truly unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the Flint Hills without leaving the city. Learn more about the design process and the master planning progress.

Master Plan

The park master plan is a long-range vision for the park that responds to the site's natural and cultural resources and community-identified priorities. The plan will include:

  • a summary of the planning process,
  • images of proposed features and park amenities,
  • cost estimates,
  • a phased implementation strategy, and
  • a land management plan.

To see a current draft of the Lee Mill Heights Master Plan please click the links below: 

The review of this Master Plan will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the City Commission in March of 2018. 

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting will be Monday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. at Commission Chambers, City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.

The City Commission meeting will be on Tuesday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m. during a work session at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave. 

Master Plan Draft

Lee Mill Heights Master Plan Draft Report - February 2018

Lee Mill Heights Master Plan Draft Appendix - February 2018

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