As the winter season continues, new features around R Park have progressed to allow more exploration of the reclaimed landscape. Read this bi-monthly construction update or stop by the park to stay up-to-date on the new additions. Since acquiring the property in 2011, the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) and the LOR Foundation have helped reclaim 40-acres into what we now call R Park, transforming it into a community and wildlife oasis.
Thanks to the LOR Foundation, we have been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible. All park improvements are made possible by the $1.7 million grant awarded to Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) by the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. We are thankful to be able to continue reclamation of these 40 acres of open space for all to enjoy. Find out more about our ongoing construction and reclamation by reading below.
What’s happening this week?
After months of progress, we’re delighted to announce the completion of the East Pond Crossing connecting two areas of R Park that were previously separated. The completed East Pond Crossing offers a new medium for visitors to explore the park. This fun pathway features boulders jutting over the water connecting the Snake River levee to the south-east corner of R Park. Nature provides us with multiple opportunities to explore and enjoy outdoor recreation, and we invite visitors to explore safely by traversing from rock to rock to observe the frozen pond and neighboring wetlands from a safe distance. Please use caution when “skipping” between the boulders, during winter months ice may accumulate, causing slippery conditions.
As you enter R Park, you will see our most noticeable new amenity: a Welcome Kiosk. The Welcome Kiosk, designed by GYDE Architects, will offer coverage from sudden storms and shade from the summer sun. Currently 90% complete, the Kiosk is awaiting the installation of signage including a comprehensive R Park Map that will offer trail and usage information to visitors. The area surrounding the Welcome Kiosk is part of a larger Welcome Pavilion area that will include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area. Please stop by to explore the new kiosk, but exercise caution around the live-construction area.
Recent visitors may have noticed large structures or posts strategically placed around R Park’s trails, these will be our new trail markers and welcome signs! The trail posts, designed by GYDE Architects, match the Welcome Kiosk’s aesthetic and once complete will provide pertinent information to visitors including: dog loop designation, R Park’s “Do’s and Dont’s” and an R Park map.
For updates or questions
As we embark on these next two years, we aim to educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.
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.