Blue Earth Plaza

A centerpiece to the Entertainment District in Downtown Manhattan, Blue Earth Plaza is located just outside of the entry to Flint Hills Discovery Center. This public park offers a large water feature with a display of music-synchronized jets, a covered patio area, a four-sided fireplace, and a large, open green space.

It is the perfect spot for casual gatherings including birthday parties, outdoor wedding ceremonies, family reunions, company picnics, and much more!

Rental of Blue Earth Plaza includes exclusive access to the covered patio, event and large green space during your rental times. The Plaza's water feature must remain open to the public. Two public restrooms are available for guest use on the east side of the park. Free parking is located in the Flint Hills Discovery Center lot or the public parking garage adjacent to the Manhattan Conference Center. Use of the Plaza's music-playing capabilities is also included in the rental fee. Alcohol may be served in controlled areas.

  • Availability: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Capacity: 100 seated on covered patio, 500+ on lawn
  • Fee*: $60 - $90 per hour depending upon number of guests
* Alcohol fee and/or refundable damage deposit may also apply.

We are here to help.
Questions about availability, hours, capacities, or fees? Want to schedule a tour of the space? Contact Event Supervisor, Jonathan Mertz, at 785-587-2729 ext. 208 or by email

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Need some inspiration about what kinds of events you can host? Visit our Event Types & Ideas page.

Ready to rent?
To reserve the Blue Earth Plaza, download and complete the Reservation Application Form, and return in person to the Flint Hills Discovery Center or by email to mertz@cityofmhk.com.