Harvey Manning honored posthumously

May 5, 2009

Harvey Manning

Harvey Manning

Harvey Manning — the late conservationist who coined the term “Issaquah Alps” to describe the peaks surrounding the city — was honored May 4 with a top city environmental award. Manning also helped to establish the Issaquah Alps Trails Club and lobbied officials to preserve Cougar Mountain.

City officials honored his work with the Ruth Kees Award for a Sustainable Community, which honors those who take steps to protect natural resources. Officials and trails club members said Manning was a tireless advocate for protecting forests and open space.

His relatives and trails club members were set to accept the award from city officials. Manning died at 81 in November 2006.

In addition to his conservation efforts, Manning was a prolific writer. He wrote several books and guides about hiking trails throughout Washington and the Northwest. Manning is noted for creating the “100 Hikes” series of guidebooks to trails in the Cascades, Olympics and other natural areas. The standard textbook for climbing — “Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills” — also bears his imprint. Manning helped edit the first edition of the book. Read more

Late trails club pioneer Harvey Manning wins top environmental award

May 4, 2009

NEW — 8:01 p.m. May 4, 2009

Harvey Manning — the late conservationist who coined the term “Issaquah Alps” to describe the peaks surrounding the city — was honored tonight with a top city environmental award. Manning also helped to establish the Issaquah Alps Trails Club and lobbied officials to preserve Cougar Mountain.

City officials honored his work with the Ruth Kees Award for a Sustainable Community, which honors people who take steps to protect natural resources. Officials and trails club members said Manning was a tireless advocate for protecting forests and open space.

His relatives and trails club members were set to accept the award from city officials. Manning died at 81 in November 2006.

Harvey Manning on one of his quintessential hikes. (file)

Harvey Manning on one of his quintessential hikes. (file)

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City parks to get more prominent names

March 23, 2009

Goodbye, Guano Acres.

City officials will soon consider a proposal to name the site of a former chicken ranch and two other municipal parks. If the City Council approves the measure, Guano Acres would be known as Ingi Johnson Park. The area known as Squak Valley Park-South* would become, simply, Squak Valley Park*, and Talus Park would be called Harvey Manning Park at Talus.

Because the city-owned sites are known only by nicknames, action by the City Council is required to give official names to the parks.

City Council members will consider the parks bill at their April 6 meeting. If the measure passes, not much would change at the parks. Budget constraints could delay the installation of signs bearing the new names.

Mayor Ava Frisinger formed a committee last fall to suggest official names for the parks. The committee included representatives from the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, Issaquah History Museums, city Park Board and residents. Members submitted nine name possibilities — three per park — to the mayor. Frisinger whittled those suggestions to three.

City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the committee weighed several factors when selecting new park names. Members considered each park’s cultural and historical significance, natural features and the surrounding neighborhood. The committee also decided whether to name parks for significant figures in local history.

Ingi Johnson Park would take its name from a late, longtime city employee. Harvey Manning Park at Talus would recognize the late conservationist who helped establish Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Manning, who helped to establish the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, coined the term “Issaquah Alps” to describe Cougar, Tiger and Squak mountains.

“Harvey Manning is an icon for the state of Washington,” city Parks Planner Margaret Macleod said.

Members of the City Council Services & Operations Committee endorsed the parks proposal March 19.

Councilman Joshua Schaer suggested adding the Talus descriptor to Harvey Manning Park as a way to remind residents about the location of the property.

“It’s a nod to the community in that neighborhood,” Schaer said.

Councilwoman Eileen Barber said it might be difficult for her to remember the new park names.

“It’s always going to be Guano Acres to me,” she joked.

Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

* This report contains corrected information.

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