Park Projects

The projects below are current projects in development with Manhattan Parks and Recreation. To learn more about each project, please visit the project pages. If you have questions or would like to provide feedback we encourage you to contact Assistant Director, Wyatt Thompson, or contact Park Planner Alfonso Leyva . You may also call Manhattan Parks and Recreation at 785-587-2754.

We appreciate community involvement and participation in the development of all our projects.

  1. Trails
  2. Facility Improvements
  3. Community Led Projects
  4. Parks


Trail Conditions

View this map to see the current status of Manhattan Trails.

Linear Trail: South Manhattan and Pecan Circle Railroad Crossings

Railroad crossings on South Manhattan Avenue and Pecan Circle make access to the Linear Trail difficult. Manhattan Parks and Recreation and the Public Works Department are working with Union Pacific Railroad to add safe trail crossings at these locations. Both projects are currently on hold. The South Manhattan crossing will be addressed in the future as part of a proposed storm sewer system improvement in coordination with the City of Manhattan Public Works Department. Intersection and ADA improvements at Pecan Circle may be funded with Community Development Block Grants in the future.

Linear Trail - Multi-Year Levee Project

Linear Trail, the City’s longest trail, will be impacted by a US Army Corps of Engineers’ project to improve Manhattan’s levee system. 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. Additional work may occur along the levee further west to South Manhattan Avenue.

When the project is completed, the levee will increase the level of protection from flooding events along the Blue River and the Kansas River. The project will 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 in late-2021 and is estimated to be completed by 2024. During the construction phase, access to Linear Trail will be restricted. The trail will be rebuilt with the project and will re-open once construction on the levee is completed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Brian Johnson, P.E. City Engineer, or contact him by phone at 785-587-2415.