Second report of off-road adventure tearing up turf at Manhattan soccer fields

File image of baseball field at Northeast Community Park; Courtesy: Manhattan Parks and Rec

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – For the second time in little more than a month, soccer fields have been damaged in the city of Manhattan. This time it happened at Northeast Community Park in the 400 block of Knox Lane.

City employees reported Monday morning that someone had driven onto the soccer field and left tire track damage behind. They estimate $900 in repairs must be made to the field. Riley County officers filed a report for criminal damage to property.

According to the City of Manhattan’s Parks and Rec website, Northeast Community Park has two practice soccer fields as well as baseball/softball fields. The park’s webpage reads that “just over half of the site is dedicated to manicured, turf park activities, while the remainder is used for a native prairie grass exhibit.”

Right now police do not have any suspects. Anyone with information can contact RCPD directly or remain anonymous by contacting the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers can be reached online at or by phone at 785-539-7777.

On December 15, 2015, a criminal damage report was also filed by employees of the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department. Someone in a car or truck tore up the turf at Frank Anneberg Park’s soccer field in Manhattan. Riley County Police investigated an unknown suspect who used a vehicle to “cause significant damage” to the field at the Twin Oaks Sports Complex. Damage in that case was estimated at $700.

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