Your gift has made R Park’s first year open an absolute success. “Phase one” of reclaiming the 40-acre, desolate, gravel-pit is almost complete. We are beginning “phase two,” the design and development of built features to make the park more accommodating to visitors. The following are some of the accomplishments that have made 2015 monumental.
- Over one thousand kids and adults were served through organized programs with the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, Wyoming Stargazing, the Art Association of Jackson Hole, the Jackson Hole Land Trust View 22, Friends of Pathways & Slow Foods in the Tetons, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Center of Wonder, Teton Science School volunteer program, and more.
- 54,000 square feet of road reclaimed, nature trails were completed or
improved, 22,000 square feet of wetlands and 30 cottonwoods were planted, and a meandering stream through the meadow was created.
- Youth Ambassador Program was designed and piloted to empower youth while ensuring a smooth-running park.
- 600 cutthroat trout were stocked in ponds for kids’ fishing.
- Year one of our three year wildlife monitoring program was implemented.
- Wyoming Stargazing hosted free, weekly stargazing nights to view planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies using a professional telescope throughout the summer and fall.
- Hosted our 3rd annual Summer Solstice celebration at which hundreds of families enjoyed the onset of summer.
- Cleaned thick brush along the big pond, expanding the beach access and created a small island just off the beach for kids to wade and swim to. Also removed the remaining of the hundreds of thousands of tons of gravel.