Have you been wondering what’s going on at R Park? Tractors, gravel, orange tape? This past May of 2017, the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) was awarded a $1.7 million grant from the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. Thanks to this generous grant, construction has begun on the park’s final stages of transformation, which will provide a welcome pavilion, connected pathways and bridges, permanent restroom facilities, trail signage, a picnic shelter and additional landscaping and reclamation. With this grant money JHLT and LOR have committed to providing visitors with a better park experience while keeping the park open and accessible to the public during all three phases of construction. Construction is expected to be complete by July 2019.
As we embark on these next two years, we aim to provide and educate the public about the on-going construction process. We take great pride in providing accessible open spaces for the public to enjoy, and we want everyone to feel comfortable getting out on the land while these changes develop. Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation Tuesday blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.
What’s happening this week:
Keep an eye on the beginning stages of our Welcome Kiosk. Although it may only look like a couple of holes in the ground, it is the beginning of functional restrooms and a shaded area for visitors to enjoy. All pathways are to remain open surrounding the construction site.
What is the welcome kiosk?
R Park is a product of community feedback and we value our close relationship with our users. “When we first got the park we did three different open houses, and then we did an online survey where we received over 500 responses,” said Jackson Hole Land Trust President Laurie Andrews. What we found through tremendous community outreach is that our users value the park as an overall family friendly area. With a comprehensive map of R Park and initial information about the park, this Welcome Kiosk will help guide families and visitors as they utilize the space. Below are two renderings of what the kiosk will look like once complete:
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Be “R” Ambassador
As we move forward with construction and reclamation of the property, we are always in need of helpful volunteers to guide visitors and act as ambassadors for the patrons of R Park. If you’re interested in volunteering please click here.