Rendezvous Lands Conservancy (RLC) announced today that the public input process for a new community park being planned along the Snake River near Wilson has garnered comments and interest from over 500 members of the local community.
Active engagement with the public throughout the design concept phase has been a
top priority for RLC since the land for the new park was secured in December 2011. Nearly 500 community members completed an online survey to gauge interest for the park, identify key features, anticipate user groups, and provide an opportunity for comments. To solicit more in-depth feedback, RLC hosted a series of public meetings at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts on Wednesday, May 2nd and Thursday, May 3rd, during which they sought public input on the proposed riverside park.
The meetings were led by the locally-based design team selected to plan the park – composed of lead firm Pierson Land Works LLC, Biota Research & Consulting Inc., Flitner Strategies, Gilday Architects, Harmony Design & Engineering, and the Oakland, California-based Hood Design Studio. Stakeholder sessions were held each day, with over thirty stakeholders
participating, including Friends of Pathways, Jackson Hole Land Trust, Jackson Hole
Mountain Resort, Jackson Hole Community Pathways, Jackson Hole Kayak Club, Snake River Fund, Teton County Board of County Commissioners, Teton County Planning Commission, Teton County Parks and Recreation, Jackson Town Council, Wyoming Game and Fish, Wilson Sewer District, Trout Unlimited, Teton Conservation District, START, Teton Raptor Center, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative, and the Center for the Arts. Comments were also received prior to these sessions from other stakeholders including WYDOT, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Ducks Unlimited.
“We were impressed by the commitment of the stakeholder groups that showed up in support of the park, and grateful for their constructive insight from different perspectives,”
said Laurie Andrews, RLC board member and executive director of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. In addition to the stakeholder sessions, two public workshops were held in an openhouse format that invited the public to comment, learn more about the park site, and contemplate proposed park design concepts. After considering the breadth of comments received during the in-person meetings and online survey, the design team crafted three intentionally unique concepts on Thursday afternoon, presenting and discussing these concepts at the Thursday evening workshop.
The design team is now tasked with developing a cohesive park concept that represents a blend of the three initial concepts along with the public and stakeholder input received. On Thursday, May 24th, RLC will host another open house, at which time this new design concept
will be presented. Additional comments on the design can be made at this meeting. The final design and official park name (to be determined by a naming contest held this month) will be featured at a free community event, Solstice at the Park, on Wednesday, June 20th at the RLC Park Land.