Trails Update - February 2019
We will be making periodic updates about our Trails on this page.
This wet winter has left many of our soft surface trail areas adversely affected by the weather. We ask during this wet season users choose to use hard surfaced trails if possible. We are working as diligently as possible to preserve our trails.
To learn more about the Flood Recovery Updates from the Labor Day Flood please visit the Flood Recovery Page here.
Linear Trail our longest trail in the Manhattan area, both paved and gravel surface, will be undergoing a multi-year plan with the Army Corp of Engineers.
Engineer survey of levee to begin January 28, 2019
The Corp of Engineers will be starting their preliminary survey of the levee’s right of way the week of January 28, 2019, which will continue until mid-March of 2019. The survey crews that will be doing the work are employees of the Corp of Engineers.
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.
When completed, the levee project will increase the level of protection from flooding events along both the Blue and Kansas rivers, as well as replace several structures and equipment along the levee that were installed with the original project in the early 1960’s.
Construction for the project could begin as soon as 2020 and is estimated to be completed by 2024. Linear Trail will remain on top of the levee and access to certain portions of the trail may be restricted during the construction phase
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Brian Johnson, P.E. City Engineer at 785-587-2415 or by email at email@example.com
In November of 2017, the Manhattan community passed a Quality of Life Sales Tax dedicated to improving recreation and trails. Within that project, dedicated funding will be allocated annually to make improvements and accessibility better for our trails system. In order to continue to get feedback and prioritization on projects, we have engaged the community to give feedback on our interactive map below. We encourage you to click the map below and leave suggestions.
Trail Evaluation History
Manhattan Parks and Recreation recently conducted an evaluation of its trail system with the help of the Center for Research Strategies. The evaluation included the assessment of trail use and
- 1,976 community members responded to an electronic survey
- 262 trail users provided feedback through trail intercept surveys
- 5 city leaders were interviewed
- And 51 people participated in focus groups to voice their opinions about trail use and suggestions for improvements