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.

For a self-guided tour of recent MHKPRD projects in the community, follow this link.

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 - Multi-Year Levee Project

Linear Trail will be closed for construction from South Manhattan Avenue to the Blue River Access Area (US-24 Boat Ramp) starting February 1, 2022.  The Linear Trail from the Blue River Access Area north to Casement Road at Hayes Drive will also close later this spring. Linear Trail will remain closed until spring 2024 to allow for completion of the Manhattan Levee project. The Linear Trail system will be restored and reopened at the completion of the project. During construction, access to the parking lot and boat ramp at US-24 will remain and Linear trail will remain open from South Manhattan Avenue to the west.

The project, administered by the The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will substantially enhance the reliability and structural integrity of the Manhattan Levee system and increase the level of protection from flooding events along both the Big Blue River and Kansas River. The project will raise the height of the levee and replace structures and equipment along the levee that were installed with the original project in the early 1960s.

Questions regarding the Manhattan Levee Project and trail closures can be directed to Bill Heatherman at

Information about alternate biking and walking trails can be found at