Parks and Recreation

Manhattan Parks and Recreation

Activities, Classes, and Sports

The activities, classes, and sports offered through the Parks and Recreation Department include youth sports, adult sports, arts and crafts, camps, youth programs, fitness and wellness programs, music and performing arts, lifelong recreation (50+), swimming and aquatic lessons, special communities, and Little Apple Day Camp.

Youth sports offered year round include soccer, t-ball/baseball/softball, basketball, football, volleyball, bowling, and cheerleading/gymnastics. To learn more about these sports, or to become a volunteer coach, follow this link - On this site you will find registration dates, fees, and applications.

Adult sports offered year round include pickleball doubles, co-rec dodgeball, 3-on-3 basketball, softball, sand volleyball, and soccer. To learn more about these sports, follow this link - On this site you will find registration dates and forms, schedules, current standings, teams, and rules.

The arts and crafts classes offered by Parks and Recreation are held at the Community House, 4th and Humboldt, and are designed for those who are 7 and up. Classes typically fill very quickly. Classes on paper mache, art basics, collages, jewelry, and glazing (among others) are offered for children. Adult classes offered include the basics and how-to on pottery making. To learn more about these classes and registration dates, follow this link -

The Parks and Recreation Department offers more than just summer camps. On top of summer camps, Winter and Spring Adventure Camps, Sunset Zoo Adventure Camps, the Flint Hills Discovery Center Adventure Camps, and Summer Theatre Camp offer year round fun for children of all ages. To learn more about these camps, follow this link - On this site you will find registration dates and forms, as well as more information on the camps.

Youth Programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department include activities for children and adults alike. For the adults, Parents' Night Out offers parents and caregivers a night out on the last Friday of the month in January and April and then again in September. For the children, there is Gym Buddies, Home school PE, Homework Assistance and Tutoring Program, and Summer Programs to avoid learning loss. To learn more about these programs, follow this link -

Fitness and wellness programs are offered at the Douglass Community Recreation Center from Monday to Friday. These programs include pickleball, open gym hours, yoga flow, and open hours for the fitness room. Open gym is available from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays as well.  The associated Douglass Center Fitness Area is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at an admission cost of $10 per month, while seniors 60 or older get in free. Elsewhere, fit boot camp, group fitness classes, and personal training are offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about these programs and the two facilities, follow this link -

The Summer Theatre Academy and youth dance programs offer adults and children alike to participate in music and performing arts programs in Manhattan. The Summer Theatre Academy is a collaboration between Parks and Recreation and the Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. This full-day program offers age-appropriate theatre classes in the mornings taught by Kansas State faculty and students. The youth dance programs are for beginner dance students, who are introduced to basic beginning techniques and vocabulary. To learn more about these programs and find out more information on registration forms, fees, and age groups, follow this link -

A variety of activities for persons 50 years of age and older, however younger spouses or adult-age children are welcome to join these activities. These activities include trips (around Manhattan, the region, and Kansas City), gym walkers, fitness classes, afternoon pickleball, adult pickleball club, and open gym hours at the Douglass Community Recreation Center Annex Fitness Area. To learn more about these programs, follow this link -

Lessons and aquatic classes are offered in the form of class lessons, private swim lessons, and aqua aerobic classes. Lessons and classes are meant to offer a fun way for adults to stay active, and also, to teach children how to swim. These classes are offered at CiCo Waterpark, City Waterpark, as well as other locations. To register for these classes, follow this link -

The Parks and Recreation Department offers extensive programs for developmentally-disabled individuals, youth and adult alike, who choose not to participate in other integrated recreation programs. These programs include therapeutic recreation programs for youth, such as special events like easter egg hunts and summertime picnics, classes like Friday Fun Nights, Adaptive Dance Programs, Challenger Football, Volunteer Coach and Buddies. Programs for adults include special events like prom or beach parties or classes on cooking and gardening. Follow this link - - to learn more about these programs, classes, and about these awesome programs.

Children who have completed kindergarten through 7th grade can enjoy Little Apple Day Camp, which promises a summer full of arts, crafts, swimming, special events, and excursions. The camp is based in the City Park Pavilion and runs weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Snacks and lunch are provided by USD 383. To learn more about this youth camp, follow this link - Information on required and additional forms, helpful links, and registration forms can be found on this site.

Parks and Trails

There are 16 parks and two major trail systems operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. These parks include facilities explained further below. Linear Trail, one of the two major trail systems in the City, is the longest in the Manhattan Area, running from the westside to the northeast corner of the City. Follow this link - - to learn more about the parks and trails in Manhattan.

Facilities and Attractions

The Parks and Recreation Department boasts a variety of facilities and attractions, up to and including the Russel T. Reitz Animal Shelter (explained more below in the service section), athletic fields and courts, the Douglass Community Recreation Center, the Flint Hills Discovery Center, the Ice Rink at the Jon and Ruth Ann Wefald Pavilion, three pools/waterparks, and the Sunset Zoo.

The Parks and Recreation Department operates 12 baseball and softball fields and 5 soccer fields located all over Manhattan. The Department also operates 3 indoor gymnasiums/courts. All activities and events take precedence over any field reservation. As such, rentals are subject to being moved to a different location, time, or date. In order to rent a field, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at the contact information below.

The Douglass Community Recreation Center and the Douglass Community Center Annex, located at 900 Yuma Street and 901 Yuma Street respectively, include a gymnasium, pool table, tennis table, games, a stage, meetings rooms, giant screen television, conference room, and banquet facilities. The facilities also hosts Adult Pickleball, Homework Assistance & Tutoring Programs, Group Fitness Challenges, and the Douglass Center Fitness Area program. These facilities are open from M - Th from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., F from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. To rent these facilities or learn more about these programs, contact the Douglass Center at 785-587-2773.

The Discovery Center advances the mission and work of the Flint Hills Discovery Center through dynamic and vibrant development programs which identify, cultivate, solicit, and express appreciation to donors of the Foundation. The inspiration behind the Center is the beauty and the wonder of the scenic Flint Hills. At the Discovery Center you can explore this region and its history. The Center boasts interactive exhibits, exciting temporary exhibitions, a one-of-a-kind theater experience, and prairie-inspired outdoor plazas.To learn more about the Discovery Center, contact them at 785-587-2726.

The Ice Rink at the Jon and Ruth Ann Wefald Pavilion in City Park is a seasonal attraction for the City of Manhattan. It is open from early November to late February, M - F 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sat to Sun 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. Admissions are $3 for adults and children alike, $3 per skate rental, and $10 for skate sharpening. Key FOBs are $25 and available for purchase at City Hall. Skating lessons, for those less talented than others, are available for everyone 4 and up. The Ice Rink can be rented for up to 150 people by 1.5 hour blocks. To rent the facility, learn more about admissions, and find out operating hours, contact the Ice Rink at 785-587-2747.

The Parks and Recreation Department operates three pools/waterparks, a splash park. The pools and waterparks open in late May, and close at different times - City and Northview pools close early August, while CiCo pool closes September 2nd. The splash park at City Park opens early May. Special events - like bringing your dog to the pool, lessons, and pool rentals are available at the facilities. To learn more about these pools, the splash park, and events, contact the following numbers: City Park Pool at 785-587-2710, CiCo Park Pool at 785-587-2711, and Northview Park Pool at 785-587-2713.

The Sunset Zoo boasts amphibians, fish, invertebrates, mammals (like a tiger) reptiles, and birds. Most importantly, the Zoo is involved with conservation efforts as well as education events for children and adults alike. The Zoo also hosts events, such as birthdays, Brew at the Zoo, Wine in the Wild, and a litany of other events for children and adults alike. Hours of operation are seven days a week year round, March through October 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and November through February 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. To learn more about this wonderful institution, rentals, events, and membership, contact the Zoo at 785-587-2737.


The Parks and Recreation Department hosts a variety of events, indoor and outdoor, year round. Follow this link - - for a calendar and description of all events.


Services include the Russel T. Reitz Animal Shelter, cemeteries, forestry, horticulture, mosquito control strategy, and rentals.

The Russel T. Reitz Animal Shelter's mission statement, "We give sanctuary to animals, encourage adoptions, and promote responsible pet ownership. We serve the citizens and animals of our community by upholding the laws enacted for their protection." reflects their important purpose to the region. The shelter serves Manhattan and surrounding communities by providing shelter for unwanted and loose animals. The shelter also works to promote and provide responsible pet ownership, and can be contacted at 785-587-2783 or through the Animal Control (via the Riley County Police Department) at 785-537-2112, extension 0.

The City of Manhattan manages two cemeteries: Sunset Cemetery (45 acres) and Sunrise Cemetery (80 acres). The Cemetery department handles the selling of all lots, opens and closes all interments, and sets all tents, greens, and chairs for services in both cemeteries.

The Forestry department is responsible for the planting and maintenance of city trees. City trees are all trees that grow on city street right of ways or on other properties owned or managed by the City of Manhattan. The Forestry department in Manhattan is very committed to urban forestry - for the past 29 years, the City of Manhattan's Urban Forestry Program has earned the title of "Tree City USA". This is an award given by the National Arbor Day Foundation to cities that demonstrate a serious commitment to urban forestry. The Forestry department can be contacted at 785-587-2754 to report downed trees, tree maintenance issues, or to participate in the Spring Street Tree Planting Program. The Street Tree Planting Program is another initiative by the City of Manhattan to urban forestry. The City of Manhattan purchases 200 trees each year to plant on right of way locations that are requested by anyone in the city.

The Horticulture team is responsible for the maintenance, year-round, of the 28 parks and specialty gardens in Manhattan.

There are 6 indoor rental and 7 outdoor rental options in the City of Manhattan. Follow this link - - to find rental guidelines, applications, rental applications, and photograph tours. 

Contact Information and link

1101 Poyntz Avenue, City Hall                                                                                                                               

Manhattan, KS 66502                                                                                                                                                  

Phone: 785-587-2757                                                                                                                                                       

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Office Hours: M - F, 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.                                                                                                                      

Customer Service Hours: M- F, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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