ENTRANCE SIGN INSTALLED AT RENDEZVOUS PARK
(Wilson, Wyoming) February 2, 2016–The next time you are on your way to Teton Village look for an eye-catching sign on the Moose-Wilson Road. Hanging from 21-feet tall timbers the sign marks Rendezvous Park’s main entrance.
Designed by Pierson Land Works and installed by Teton Signs, the completed sign will interweave the area’s natural features, while incorporating its history as a gravel-pit. Beneath the steel sign will be a large cairn of Snake River river rocks. The timber, steel, and rocks are materials that were present decades ago and still are today. The unique design upholds the park’s commitment to be a natural space, lacking electricity, asphalt, and other features of more urban parks.
Owned and operated by the nonprofit, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy (RLC), Rendezvous Park (R Park) is a 40-acre community hub that fosters nature, wildlife, creativity and recreation for people of all ages. Having provided the county an easement, R Park connects the West Bank to Jackson via the new Snake River Pedestrian Bridge and community pathways.
Laurie Andrews, RLC board chair said,
Thanks to the generosity of our many donors Rendezvous Lands Conservancy’s vision to transform Wilson’s gravel pit into a natural park is coming to fruition.
Protected from development in 2012 the once desolate landscape is beginning to look more like its natural state. Cottonwood groves, wetlands, and natural grasses comprise the almost 15 acres of restored wildlife habitat. The main quarry is now a 450-foot long pond in which kids swim and standup paddleboard. And the knolls, which pay homage to the past gravel piles are a sledding favorite.
It feels great! R Park’s entrance sign is an official welcome mat celebrating the hard work in creating this wonderful place,
said Steve Foster, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy executive director.
Now that reclamation is almost complete, “phase two,” the design and construction of visitor amenities, begins. This spring, as visitors utilize the main entrance they will access the heart of the R Park with ease, in addition to a safe parking area surrounded by towering cottonwoods.
Given the progress of Rendezvous Lands Conservancy’s capital campaign, visitors will feel a sense of arrival once the welcome plaza is complete. Designed by Gilday Architects PC, the main kiosk, restrooms, picnic tables, benches, and bike racks will not overpower, but instead feature the natural space in which they sit.
As its nonprofit owner and steward, with your help, we will continue developing this new community resource for all to enjoy,
continued RLC Board Chair Laurie Andrews.
Rendezvous Lands Conservancy welcomes you to visit R Park. Remember the gravel pit it once was—and the source of laughter it is now—had it not been for the vision, commitment, and continued support of the Jackson Hole community. After all, it’s your park—for the community, by the community.
About Rendezvous Lands Conservancy: Rendezvous Lands Conservancy improves the quality of life in rural Intermountain West communities by protecting, owning, and creating locally significant keystone conservation properties as public access parks. In 2011 the Jackson Hole Land Trust and the LOR Foundation founded RLC and its inaugural project, Rendezvous Park, began. For more information please visit www.rendezvouslandsconservancy.org.
About Rendezvous Park, a project of Rendezvous Lands Conservancy: Rendezvous Park is a 40-acre natural park that fosters nature, wildlife, creativity and recreation for people of all ages and backgrounds. At the nexus of Jackson, Wilson, and Teton Village, sitting on the bank of the Snake River, R Park connects the West Bank to Jackson via the new Snake River Pedestrian Bridge and community pathways. For more information please visit www.rpark.info.