The late John Manning made a big impact on the Peachtree Corners community, a legacy that was recently honored when the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA dedicated its new playground in his honor.

A dedicated volunteer at the Y, Manning was a Peachtree Corners resident who made his mark as a respected lawyer. YMCA officials said he “left a legacy of service and friendship. The state-of-the-art facility, which held a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 2 — incorporates educational and creative-based play structures within a park-like setting and symbolizes Manning’s tremendous impact on the community.”

Manning hosted regular children’s sermons every Sunday at the Y for more than 30 years. He also served on the board and several committees and in 2003 he was awarded the YMCA’s highest honor — the Bransby Christian Leadership Award.

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Sarah Manning Locke, Caroline Manning and Catherine Manning Maguire attend the John Manning Playground ribbon cutting and dedication at the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA.

The project was introduced in the fall of 2019, but was halted due to the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The Y sought volunteers, members and businesses to support construction and help raise funds to honor Manning. Among the many contributors, was Manning’s granddaughter, Caroline, who created a summer acting camp to help raise proceeds for the playground.

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