Harvey Manning Park Expansion

Category Overview

Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.

Project Highlights

The objective of City of Issaquah’s Harvey Manning Park Expansion project (Bergsma acquisition) is to protect 33.53 acres of forested Cougar Mountain open space from deforestation. This project is widely supported by the Trust for Public Land, King County, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Save Cougar Mountain, Issaquah Alps Trails Club, Save Lake Sammamish and Washington Trails Association. The City’s acquisition project site targets conservation of a mature mixed deciduous/conifer forest containing 0.2 acres of riparian habitat (including 6 streams); 1.8 acres of wetland habitat (including 12 wetlands); and 31.5 acres of upland habitat. Located in the Western Cascade Lowland (Level IV Ecoregion), the forest contains a variety of tree species, a varied understory vegetation and provides a high level of habitat structures, including snags and logs. The acquisition expands Harvey Manning Park to 43.53 acres and will be managed as City open space. The project site is uniquely positioned to also provide contiguous habitat within the greater landscape and is adjacent to the 5,000+ acre Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Squak Mountain State Park, and Cougar/Squak Corridor. The project site serves as a regional “gateway” from Issaquah to Cougar Mountain providing a direct connection between the regional transit station parking garage serving as a weekend trailhead.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Issaquah City of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $ 2,658,961.00 Applicant Match: $ 7,985,603.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 5 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1258

Location Details

From 1-90 east bound, take exit 15 and turn right onto SR 900/Renton-Issaquah Road SE/17th Ave NW. Turn right onto NW Talus Drive. Turn right onto Shangri La Way NW. Turn left onto Timber Creek Drive NW/Summerhill Ridge Drive NW, and then immediately turn right onto Lingering Pine Drive NW. Turn right onto Lost Lane, and then immediately turn left onto Bear Ridge Court NW – arriving at Harvey Manning Park located at 919 Bear Ridge Court NW.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.