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Summer Parkways hit with torrential downpour; bikers, runners undeterred

On Thursday, Summer Parkways, an annual outdoor block party, welcomed bicyclists and runners on a 3-mile loop of the South Hill including Manito and Comstock parks. But this year it, along with much of the surrounding region, was met with a torrential downpour. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning shorty after the event’s 6 p.m. start.

Landmarks: An epilogue on the Manito Park firepit

Landmarks is a feature that has run in this newspaper for more than a decade. As stories are researched, not all the hoped-for information can be found. But sometimes information emerges after publication that allows for a second chapter, and a recent Landmarks story (“The man behind the Manito Park firepit,” March 29, 2018) about the Lawrence Rist Memorial Fireplace is one of those. The original story told how a Boy Scout troop came to construct the fireplace in 1953 to honor its scoutmaster who died in the Korean War. It was mentioned that 2nd Lt. Rist had left behind a wife, LaVar Moon Rist, and infant daughter Andrea. The day the story appeared, Andrea Rist Kilpatrick Matters, who was once again living in Spokane, read the story and reached out to The Spokesman-Review.

Landmarks: The man behind the Manito Park firepit

People enjoying Manito Park in cold weather months or on cool summer evenings have for many decades warmed themselves – or toasted marshmallows – at the large wood-burning hearth located just beyond the southwest corner of the mirror pond near 19th Avenue and Browne Street.That hearth, the Lawrence Rist Memorial Fireplace, has a compelling story behind it, as is the case with many sites and monuments created in memory of someone from years ago.

New pergola planned for Manito Park

A new pergola is coming to Manito Park in Spokane in February, replacing a more utilitarian structure that was damaged by a falling tree during the windstorm of 2015.

Spokane parks: More to explore outside of downtown

Spokane newcomers could be forgiven for thinking that Riverfront Park in downtown is all the city has to offer in green spaces. But Spokane has a rich history of preserving park space, and that legacy can be seen no matter what you’re looking to do outside.

Then and now: Duncan Garden reaches its peak

The European Renaissance-style garden in Manito Park that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer was planted around Memorial Day of this year with tens of thousands of begonias, marigolds, dahlias, snapdragons, petunias, geraniums and others to create the profusion, color and elegant symmetry of a royal garden. It is now a feast for the eyes. It’s worth a visit for those who haven’t been recently.

Then and Now: Manito’s Duncan Garden

In early Spokane, parks were primarily natural spaces used for picnics. When Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan retired in 1942, Spokane’s park system included more parks, plus features like playgrounds, swimming pools, golf courses and sports courts and fields. Duncan was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and came to the United States as a boy. He studied park management and worked in Boston. He passed through Spokane in 1909 on his way to a convention in Seattle and returned the next year to become the city’s park superintendent.