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 the 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 1960s.
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
Old Blue River Trail - Manhattan's newest trail
There is a new trail being open in the Northview neighborhood. This new trail connection between the Northview neighborhood, Linear Trail, and McCall Road will increase connectivity within our community.
The trail extends the sidewalk that ends near Casement and Hayes Drive, south to the Linear trailhead on Hayes Drive. A pedestrian/Bike crossing is installed across Hayes Drive to the new trail that will be constructed atop the access road and extend the route south to connect to a K-DOT project near IHOP and McCall Road.
The trail was constructed entirely within City property and is funded in part through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and a Sunflower Foundation Grant as well as a People for Bikes Grant.
2018 New Completed Trails
- Jorgensen Park Trail - .85 mile Natural Trail
- Denison Avenue Trail - 1.0 mile Paved Trail
- Old Blue River Trail - .73 mile Gravel Trail
- West Anderson Trail .76 mile Paved Trail
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 overall impact of trails within the community. A number of evaluation tools were used to reach thousands of residents:
- 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
Through this evaluation, Manhattan residents and community leaders confirmed the trail system is an asset to the community and attracts many regular users. Possible improvements identified in this process include lighting, increased trail connectors and improved safety. More event-based activities could be organized to attract greater use of trails by families and young children, according to feedback provided in this evaluation.
Interactive Park Map
View the City of Manhattan Bike Maps