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


Roger Schultz Community Park

Loma Ridge Improvements Phase 1 is currently in design. The Loma Ridge park entrance is close to many homes and is already being used to access existing park trails. This project will include a gravel parking area, stormwater management features, fire department access, trails, native landscaping, and rough grading of the site for future phases. These improvements will enhance park access and prepare the site for future park amenities. In 2020, the City applied for a Land and Water Conservation Grant to help fund these improvements. Designs are currently being finalized and construction is anticipated to occur in 2022, pending funding availability.

City Park Playground

In 2020, the City of Manhattan CIP process approved the City Park Playground (CP214P) project. The City Park Playground project generally includes the removal and disposal of the existing 2-5 year old composite play structure, and installation of a new 2-5 year old composite play structure. The project also generally includes manufacture recommended installation of artificial playground turf. The project is also requesting a bid alternate from the contractors. This bid alternate generally includes removal and disposal of the existing rope climber, and installation of a new rope climber.

The project was advertised for bid on June 19, 2021. The bid opening will occur on July 20. City Staff will recommend a contractor to the City Commission on the August 3rd legislative meeting. Construction may not begin until late October or early November due to procurement of the playground equipment. Once started, the project should be complete before the end of the year.

City Park Trail

In Fall 2019, the City contracted with BG Consultants to design the eastern portion of the Clarenburg Trail, which is located on the perimeter of City Park. This project will complete the 8-foot paved trail around City Park. The project was placed on hold during 2020 due to Covid-19. A bid letting and construction are anticipated to occur in 2021. Funding will come from Community Development Block Grants and the Recreation and Trails Sales Tax Fund.

UPDATE: This project was bid in June 2021 and will be awarded by the City Commission at the July 6 legislative meeting. Construction is set to begin in August and end in November.

Northeast Park Irrigation & Lighting

The Strategic Facility Improvement Plan identified park lighting and irrigated soccer field turf as priority projects for Northeast Community Park. The City is working with Schwab-Eaton, P.A. and Orazem Scalora Engineering to design irrigation and lighting improvements.

UPDATE: Construction documents were completed in 2019 for the irrigation aspect of the project. During the design process, it was determined that the project would cost more than was budgeted to install a full irrigation system in addition to regrading the site to properly drain. Completion of this project will depend on available funding sources in the following CIP years. The lighting project has been pushed to 2021 and may be phased in due to funding.

Anneberg Park Parking and Trail Repairs

On Labor Day 2018, Wildcat Creek flooded portions of the City, including areas within Anneberg Park. The City has been working with FEMA and the Kansas Department of Emergency Management to restore areas of the park damaged by the flood and mitigate the impact of future flooding. In 2020, the City hired Benesch to complete design for a paved parking lot and three segments of trail near the creek and Dishman Lake. These improvements will mitigate the impact of future flooding. Construction is expected to occur in Fall 2021.

UPDATE: This project was bid in June 2021 and will be awarded by the City Commission at the July 20 legislative meeting. Construction is set to begin in August and end in November.