Warner Memorial Park Master Plan
Master Plan Summary
It has been close to 20 years since the last master plan has been developed for Warner Memorial Park. The latest master plan process started in 2017 with a neighborhood survey. Since that time, there has been nine public interactions, six advisory board meetings, and three City Commission Work Sessions concerning the Park. It was clear throughout the master plan process that there were differing opinions on the future of Warner Memorial Park. Manhattan residents showed great interest in the process and this level of public engagement helps City Administration, Advisory boards, and the City Commission make informed decisions on the future of our community open spaces.
Warner Memorial Park will continue to be a gem in the City's parks system. 80 acres of undeveloped public open space in the middle of a city is a precious resource that the community has a vested interest in protecting. Preservation of open space must be balanced against the needs and rights of the public to access and enjoy the parkland. This master plan recommends strategies based on the majority of public sentiment that supported minimal development and change to the Park. Based on these recommendations, Manhattan Parks and Recreation will continue to sustainably manage the native park landscape and promote appropriate public uses of the Park so residents and visitors can enjoy Kern Warner's legacy park for years to come.
City Staff created a draft of the master plan report for Warner Memorial Park. The draft document can be viewed at this link: Warner Memorial Park Master Plan Draft
The next public meeting concerning the Warner Memorial Park Master Plan will be at a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting to be held at 4:30 PM on November 4, 2019, in the City Commission Room, 1101 Poyntz Ave.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting: 11/04/19
The Final Draft Master Plan document for Warner Memorial Park was made available on the City’s website for public comment on October 16, 2019, along with the date and time of the next PRAB meeting concerning Warner Memorial Park. Advertisement for the draft document was also released through social media and radio. A meeting notification for the Advisory Board was posted on the City website and distributed via the InTouch email system. City Staff presented the Final Draft Master Plan to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on November 4, 2019, for feedback and a recommendation to the City Commission for acceptance of the Master Plan.
After the presentation by City Staff, the PRAB discussed re-opening Warner Park Road. Board members were concerned that keeping Warner Park Road closed restricts access to the Park for the greater Manhattan community. The Board asked City Staff to explore re-opening Warner Park Road to the extent of the existing shelter. The Board discussed re-opening the road temporarily as a test. The recommendation to the City Commission by the Park Board was to: Approve the Warner Memorial Park Master Plan as presented with the exception of reconsidering opening up the road to the extent of the existing shelter. The motion passed 6-0. The 11/04/2019 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting can be viewed here: https://boxcast.tv/channel/uit4zpviaoueycatomj5
City Staff will be presenting the final draft document to the City Commission on November 19, 2019, at 7:00 PM in the City Commission Room at 1101 Poyntz Ave. City Staff will convey the recommendation set forth by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and provide options to open the road or leave it closed. A meeting agenda will be posted on the City's website (https://cityofmhk.com/2280/Agendas-Minutes) by Friday, November 15.
The final draft documents can be viewed at the following links: