Friday, April 5, 2024

Phoenix Mountain Preserve Event/ Historymaker Ben Avery

 Outdoor + family fun with engaging information about our preserves, the biodiversity of the desert, and a short hike.

Without Ben Avery (1909 - 1996) we might not have the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. He was honored as AZ Historymaker in 1995 for all he did as a Journalist and Outdoor Recreation Advocate.

In the early 1950s, the women of the Phoenix Garden Club succeeded in involving Mr. Avery in a crusade to prevent the building of a restaurant and nightclub atop Camelback Mountain. The City of Phoenix initiated a campaign to acquire the top of Camelback and finally achieved this objective in 1968. That controversy motivated Avery’s interest and involvement in parks, which led to the acquisition of the county regional park system and the establishment of the Arizona State Parks and the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.