The City of Manhattan recently acquired the property at 100 Dix Drive. The area is within a FEMA floodplain and will be managed as open space by Manhattan Parks and Recreation. The City hosted a neighborhood meeting in 2017 to inform neighborhood residents about the acquisition and hear their ideas to turn the 0.2-acre site into a neighborhood amenity. Parks and Rec prepared four concepts showing possible site improvements, and presented those ideas at a second meeting held later in the fall of 2017.
The overall goal of each design was to create a visually pleasing and inviting space for the neighborhood to use and enjoy. Although each concept explores different ideas, all designs contain the following features:
• Signage to identify the place
• Landscaping to beautify the site and create a buffer to block views to neighboring residences
• Trees to provide shade and visual interest
• Site furniture like benches, trash cans, bicycle parking, and drinking fountain