Construction Update: Picnic Shelter, Caretaker’s Unit, and Restrooms Underway

As visitors may have noticed, the Northern entrance of R Park has been inaccessible due to construction since early October. We thank our community supporters for their patience as we continue infrastructure improvements necessary to completing planned elements of the park. The map below highlights the entrances to the park that are currently open and accessible via the community pathways from Emily’s Pond and the Stilson lot.

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Rendezvous ‘R’ Park is a product of community feedback, and we’re excited to provide permanent restrooms, a maintenance office, a picnic shelter, and a caretaker’s unit upon completion of construction in Summer 2019. With these new amenities, visitors will have access to running water and clean, permanent restroom facilities. The caretaker’s unit will include an office where R Park staff and volunteers will be available to address visitor questions and concerns while continuing to work with community partners to create exciting programming for the park. The unit will also provide housing for one individual who will be able to monitor park activities and provide consistent maintenance services throughout the year. Below you can view the beginning stages of the caretaker’s unit, maintenance office, picnic shelter, and restroom facilities.

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Thanks to the LOR Foundation, we have been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible. Park improvements are made possible by the $1.7 million grant awarded to the 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.

More to Come:

As we embark on the remaining construction, we aim to educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every month to keep R Park visitors and enthusiast informed, we will post a Transformation blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.

Receive additional park and construction updates by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Support “R” Park

As the only non-profit run park in Teton County, R Park depends on people like you. While most public spaces are subsidized by government funds, R Park exists only through the generosity of individual donors who share a vision to create and steward a space where our community can connect with nature. Your contributions have allowed us to turn piles of gravel into a vibrant community-gathering place. With your continued support, we look forward to providing more opportunities for every member of our community to feel inspired by open space. Please make you annual donation 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.

Construction Update: Welcome Kiosk Completed

Just a short 5 months ago, we began to build a welcome kiosk at Rendezvous Park. With a vision, partnerships, and a couple of holes in the ground, the kiosk is now completed and provides a shaded area and user-friendly R Park Map that offers trail usage guidance and information, including designation of the recently completed dog-friendly loop. The welcome kiosk was made possible through generous funding from the Kemmerer Foundation and through the work of the local organizations that designed and built the welcome kiosk and creative signage:GYDE Architects, Orijin Media, Teton Signs, Stewart Construction Services, and Serenity Development & Management. Please stop by to check out the new map and be on the lookout for new signs and trail markers throughout the park!

R Park is a product of community feedback and its values. “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. The completed welcome kiosk is a family friendly space where kids can get an overview of the park. We are excited for the picnic area coming in summer 2018 which will provide another shaded, family-friendly spot in the park.

Thanks to the LOR Foundation, we have been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible. 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.

Below you can view the transformation of the welcome kiosk from start to finish through photos that highlight progress over the past 5 months:

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Trail Signage

Recent visitors may have noticed large structures or posts strategically placed around R Park’s trails, these are our new trail markers and welcome signs! The trail posts, designed by GYDE Architects, match the Welcome Kiosk’s aesthetic and are now 90% complete with a comprehensive map designating the dog loop and R Park’s “Do’s and Dont’s”.

More to Come

As we embark on the next two years, we aim to educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every month 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.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

What’s next?

The area surrounding the Welcome Kiosk is part of a larger Welcome Plaza area that will include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area.

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.

Construction Update: New East Pond Crossing Complete

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.

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Wyoming Landscaping putting the final touches on the new stone pathway.

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JHLT’s Jenny Wolfrom, enjoying the view from the completed East Pond Crossing.

Kiosk Update

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.

 

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Kiosk Design Courtesy of GYDE Architects

Trail Signage

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.

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R Park’s trail signs 90% complete.

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.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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.

Construction Update: East Pond Crossing

Rendezvous Park is changing as rapidly as the seasons. In addition to reading this bi-monthly construction update, stop by the park to look over the new additions. Since acquiring the property in 2011, the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) and the LOR Foundation have helped perform reclamation and groundwork on the plot of land we now call R Park transforming it into a community and wildlife oasis.

Thanks to the LOR Foundation we’ve 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?

Our dedicated and knowledgeable construction team is currently knee deep in the main R Park pond working towards the completion of a stone pathway connecting the south-east corner of R Park to the Snake River levee. The boulders being used to complete this pathway are massive, making the process of placing them in the pond intensive. The process includes the draining of the pond, which is why the water level may appear much lower than usual upon your visit to R Park during this particular part of our construction phase. The boulder placement also involves the use of heavy machinery, so please exercise caution in the area. Thanks to favorable conditions, the project is rapidly moving forward, and we highly encourage you to go take a peek at R Park’s newest amenity! Once completed, the pathway will feature small gaps between each rock extending to the levee, creating the perfect adventure trail for visitors. During the summer months, hop along the boulders or fish from them for a spectacular view of the Teton range. During the winter, safely traverse from rock to rock to observe the frozen pond and neighboring wetlands from a safe distance.

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All photography by Zach Montes- Origin Media

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Kiosk Update

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 fall and winter storms. Although mostly 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 the kiosk to view the on-going construction, but exercise caution around the area.

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Kiosk Design Courtesy of GYDE Architects

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.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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

Construction Update: R Park Then & Now

Do you know how far R Park has come?

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Photograph courtesy of Zach Montes- Orijin Media

What would this look like without R Park? This 40 acre treasure would still be a private inaccessible gravel pit. Since acquiring the property in 2011, The Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) and The LOR Foundation have collaborated to reclaim the plot of land we now call R Park, transforming it into a community and wildlife oasis.

Thanks to the LOR Foundation we’ve 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 while keeping the park open and accessible. Find out more about our ongoing construction and reclamation by reading below.

What’s happening this week?

The boulders have arrived! We are currently working on completing the East Pond Crossing that will connect the South-East corner of R Park to the Snake River levee. This new and unique pathway will continue the stones already in place allowing visitors to hop from stone to stone enjoying a magnificent view of the Tetons. The new path way will open up a new corner of R Park for discovery.

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Kiosk update

As the first snow quickly approaches, we are excited to be finalizing the elements of the Welcome Kiosk designed by GYDE Architects to provide pertinent information about R Park. Our team has been hard at work selecting the information a visitor might want to know: dog trail access, entrances, and picnic areas. Soon visitors will be able to enter R Park and see a completed kiosk with a map to accurately direct users around the park. Future additions to the welcome pavilion area include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area. Please stop by the kiosk to view the on-going construction, but exercise caution around the area.

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Kiosk Design by GYDE Architects

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.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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

Construction Update: Dog Loop Complete & Kiosk Takes Shape

Construction at R Park is moving along nicely, and thanks to Orijin Media we’ve got some exceptional aerial images of the park to share.  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 while keeping the park open and accessible. Please scroll down to see the exciting progress we’ve made! 

What’s happening this week?

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First up, take in an aerial shot of our new bridges that complete the .91 dog-friendly pathway that loops around the park. These recently completed bridges allow for better access into northern parts of the R Park perimeter that were previously inaccessible. Join us on Thursday, September 21st at 4:30PM for Cocktails & Dog Trails with PAWS of Jackson Hole as we launch this new dog-friendly pathway. Cocktails will be provided and festive attire for pups is encouraged! Stay afterword for the R Park 3rd Anniversary Celebration to enjoy a warm fire and dinner. 

Kiosk update

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As Autumn rapidly approaches, we are looking forward to having the Welcome Kiosk complete to offer coverage from fall and winter storms. Our team has been hard at work completing the pouring of concrete and ensuring the foundation for the kiosk is stable. Soon visitors will be able to enter into R Park and see a completed kiosk with a map to accurately direct users around the park. Future additions to the welcome pavilion area include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area. Please stop by the kiosk to view the on-going construction, but exercise caution around the area. 

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Zach Montes- Orijin Media

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Zach Montes- Orijin Media

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.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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

Construction Update: New Pathways

Things are really shaping up at Rendezvous Park and we are excited to show you the progress. 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.

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Two visitors stroll along R Park’s pathway’s at dawn

What’s happening this week?

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First up, take a peek at these updated pathways which will soon feature accessible bridges currently being constructed along the south end of R Park’s property. The soon-to-be completed bridges run parallel to the bike pathway and will provide relief from these typically flooded trail areas.

Along these newly installed bridges you will be able to explore parts of the park that were relatively inaccessible beforehand. Whereas previously during rain and high water these trails were impassable, now visitors can meander around this secluded area and not have to wade through shallow streams.

For updates or questions

As we embark on these next two years, we aim to provide and 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.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via Email, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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

Help us build for our future- Donate to R Park

While the transformation of Rendezvous Park is ongoing, our progress towards reaching the community vision for the park is clear and measurable. With an impressive 8,000 human visitors in 2016, we’ve also learned that wildlife loves R Park’s reclaimed habitat as elk herds pass through in the colder months and moose happily munch on Cottonwoods and cool off in the ponds during the summer.

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R Park is a public park that is privately managed and funded. We rely on gifts from supporters like you to help keep the day-to-day operations of the park running smoothly. Please consider donating to R Parkevery gift, large or small, matters.