Joint Funding Efforts

Winefest! Winefest is held annually at beautiful Round Barn Farm. Sip on a variety of wines while listening to live music under the stars and bidding on the silent auction. Food vendors are on site for light bites or a more substantial meal.

Your ticket helps support the efforts of the Manhattan Park District to preserve the historic 100-ft Round barn and includes 8 wine tastings and a Wine Fest glass to keep.

Special Projects

Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm is an 87-acre community park located north of Manhattan acquired by the Park District in 2006. Round Barn Farm is home to the historic and county-landmarked Round Barn completed by John C. Baker in 1898, constructed of wood salvaged from the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. The 20-sided polygonal barn remains one of the largest round barns in Illinois.

A true representation of our local heritage, Round Barn Farm was originally part of Five Mile Grove, the primary location of first European settlement in what is now known as Manhattan. Round Barn Farm features not only the historic barn, but also natural areas including an old growth oak grove, Jackson Creek, native plantings, and a pond. The beautiful grounds of Round Barn Farm is home to weddings, family parties, and our Round Barn Fest and Wine Fest events.

Active recreational opportunities at Round Barn Farm include an 18-hole disc golf course, athletic courts and fields, walking paths, and outdoor fitness equipment.

Support of Community Programs

The Foundations support for community programs is not isolated to parks projects, but extends into support for community members in need as well as scholarships.

  • Partnered with Lincoln Way Special Recreation
  • Purchased the shade covers for the splash pad
  • Purchased a lawn mower
  • Purchased benches for the baseball fields at the Round Barn Park
  • Purchased the concrete pad for the Disc Golf course
  • Hosted Manhattan Winefest Fundraiser at the Round Barn Park
  • Sponsor the senior luncheon 4 times a year
  • Sponsor the annual $2,500 Manhattan Park District Resident Grant Program