Two FEMA-funded repair projects are currently underway at Frank Anneberg Park. Since 2018, Parks and Recreation staff have worked with the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and the Kansas Department of Emergency Management (KDEM) to mitigate the impact of flooding in the park.
Wildcat Creek, which has a history of flooding, flows through Anneberg Park. Floods in 2007, 2010, and 2018 caused extensive and costly damage. Floodwaters displaced asphalt millings from the parking lot south of the Twin Oaks Complex and deposited them across several soccer fields and into Dishman Lake. Flooding also damaged gravel trails and eroded the streambank which jeopardizes a nearby section of trail.
The project currently in progress includes paving the existing gravel parking lot and portions of the park trails near Wildcat Creek and Dishman Lake. The pavements and curbs include additional reinforcement to withstand high velocity floodwaters. Work began on September 6 and is expected to be complete by early November 2021. The project includes 255 paved parking spaces, including 5 spaces for buses and RVs. New parking lot lighting, tree plantings, and improved sidewalk connectivity to the ballfields and park trails are also included.
“Making this area more resilient to flood damage will not only save the City funding for repairs, but will also help ensure that the park remains open and available for the public to use,” said Park Superintendent Casey Smithson.
Parking will be limited at Anneberg Park during construction. Park patrons are encouraged to carpool and to obey posted signage when parking in the park.
“There is never a good time for a major project like this. Construction was timed to occur after our regular summer tournament schedule and be completed before winter weather sets in,” says Smithson.
This project is funded 75% with FEMA funds, 10% State of Kansas funds, and 15% City of Manhattan funds. Total cost of the project is anticipated to be approximately $955,000.
A future project planned for 2022 will micro-dredge Dishman Lake to remove sediment and other flood debris. This project will restore the lake to its original depth and improve water quality and fish habitat. Dishman Lake is stocked annually by Manhattan Parks and Recreation and Kansas Wildlife and Parks through the Community Fisheries Assistance Program.