Douglass Recreation Center

Cost: $4.5 million total building construction (proposed to be funded through the 0.3% sales tax)

Description:  The City of Manhattan in the process of completing the design of a new indoor recreation facility at 10th Street and Fort Riley Boulevard in Douglass Park, adjacent to the existing Douglass Community Center and Douglass Center Annex facilities.

The existing facilities, built in the 1903 and 193, are not sufficient to meet the needs of the community and surrounding neighborhoods. 

In 2014, the City conducted a strategic facility improvement plan for parks and recreation and found the community was vastly undeserved with indoor recreation opportunities and facilities. The 0.25% sales tax renewal that passed by the voters in 2017 will fund the construction of two neighborhood recreation centers adjacent to the Anthony & Eisenhower Middles schools, better serving the indoor recreation needs in those portions of the City. Construction of this facility will complete the gap of indoor recreation needs for this portion of the community.

The new design will include enough space for:

  • one high-school regulation basketball court with two smaller cross courts
  • two NCAA regulation volleyball courts
  • two pickleball courts
  • a multi-purpose classroom
  • fitness program space
  • an elevated, three-lane indoor walking track


Phase Year
Design 2019
Construction 2020
Fully Operational 2021
Douglass First Floor
Douglass Second Floor
Douglass Rec Center