Save-the-date for R Park’s Inaugural Kite Festival & 4th Anniversary Celebration

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Join us for R Park’s Inaugural Kite Festival and 4th Anniversary Celebration on September 22nd from 1pm to 4pm! This new event will be family friendly and will feature kites made by 7 local artists. The Kites will be entered into a silent auction with all proceeds directly benefiting R Park’s programming and operations.

We are excited to celebrate in a special way with local art and businesses that help our community become more vibrant. Come view these unique works of art or paint your own kite at our craft station!

Complementary food and beverages will be available.

A special thank you to our sponsors for supporting local art and community spaces: The Aspens Market/ Pearl Street Market, The Bank of Jackson Hole, The Jackson Hole Land Trust, Orijin Media, and Y2 Consultants

Please view our Facebook Event to RSVP!


¡Acompáñenos para el Festival inaugural de cometas de R Park y el cuarto aniversario el 22 de septiembre de 1pm a 4pm! Este nuevo evento será amigable con la familia y se presentarán cometas hechas por 7 artistas locales. Las cometas serán introducidas en una subasta silenciosa con todas las ganancias directamente beneficiando la programación y las operaciones de R Park.

Estamos excitados para divertirnos de un modo especial con arte local y negocios que ayudan a nuestra comunidad a hacerse más vibrante. ¡Vengan a ver estas obras de arte únicas o pinten su propio cometa en nuestra estación del arte!

Comida y bebidas complementaria.

Gracias especiales a nuestros patrocinadores para apoyar arte local y espacios de la comunidad: The Aspens Market/ Pearl Street Market, The Bank of Jackson Hole, The Jackson Hole Land Trust, Orijin Media, y Y2 Consultants

¡Por favor vea nuestro evento de Facebook para RSVP!

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Join us for fun under the full moon

The next time you have aspirations to spend the evening of a full moon outside, join us at Rendezvous Park (R Park). Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, we are hosting a variety of events this spring, summer, and fall under the moonlit sky offering snowshoeing, biking, nocturnal wildlife walks, fly-fishing, and more. Wyoming Stargazing will join us with their giant Dobsonian Telescope that makes possible the viewing of the moon’s craters, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies!

Park’s history runs deep through the veins of the Jackson Hole community. Public input shaped the 40-acres to make it meaningful to the many vibrant and varying user groups and continues to do so. Results from our recent survey show that in addition to appreciating its natural surroundings, R Park visitors love attending its events. So mark your calendars for the following activities:

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Park Director Elisabeth Rohrbach said, “Rendezvous Park hosted over 8,000 visits in 2016 alone. We welcome our visitors to return and encourage those who have yet to visit, to join us!”

Additional summer events at Rendezvous Park include:

  • June 3 – Kids Fishing Day
  • June 17 – St. John’s Hospital Foundation’s Shirley’s Heart Run
  • June 20 – Summer Solstice Celebration
  • July 30 – Teton Food Tour with Slow Food in the Tetons and Friends of Pathways
  • August 21 – Total Solar Eclipse viewing with Wyoming Stargazing

full-moon-corporate-sponsorsSign up to receive monthly emails regarding our events and other updates – http://bit.ly/RParkeNews. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For questions please contact Elisabeth Rohrbach at Elisabeth@rpark.org.

Rendezvous Park is possible Donate now buttonthanks to donations. Our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. Become a FRIEND OF R PARK to help us continue to serve the thousands who love this place. Please mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

Commercial Use Policy

Rendezvous Park is protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement*  finalized on March 19th, 2015 that is held by the Jackson Hole Land Trust. The park’s nonprofit owner and steward, the Jackson Hole Land Trust, is committed to upholding the easement by which it is governed. In order to do so the following policy exists in regards to commercial use of the park.

NO COMMERCIAL ORGANIZATION SHALL PROFIT FINANCIALLY AT THE TIME OF THEIR USE OF R PARK.

As recorded in the easement, it directly states that the purpose of R Park is “to allow current and future generations of children and adults to enjoy, explore, experience and play in the natural environment…The natural characteristics of the property will be protected and enhanced so people can visit and experience it on an ongoing basis.”

Also included in the easement, it “removes certain residential and commercial uses of the property…” for example the property “…may be neither owned or operated by a for-profit entity and shall be used, maintained and operated exclusively for the benefit of the general public.”

More directly stated, the “construction, location, or operation of any commercial facilities or uses is prohibited,” both temporary and permanent.

If you believe your use of R Park is an exception to this policy, please contact Park Community Outreach Coordinator Ellie Stratton-Brook at (307) 733-3913 or via email.

 

*A conservation easement is an agreement between the land owner and the land trust. As with other real property interests, the grant of conservation easement is recorded in the local land records and becomes part of the chain of title for the property. The restrictions of the easement, once set in place, are perpetual and in accepting the conservation easement, the easement holder has a responsibility to monitor future uses of the land to ensure compliance with the terms of the easement and to enforce the terms if a violation occurs.

 

Made possible by Donate now button generous support and donations from the community our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. To make our conservation work a reality, mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

Press Release

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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.Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 10.34.48 AM

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.

Entrance sign renderingProtected 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.

Entrance sign this winter

R Park’s main entrance will be marked and welcoming by winter, guiding visitors to convenient parking just north of the Wilson boat ramp access road. 

High level mapThis entrance sign and the Gilday Architects-designed kiosk will begin the creation of an entrance plaza providing visitors with park information, seating, shelter, and more.

Led by Pierson Land Works of the park’s locally based, acclaimed design team, the sign interweaves the area’s natural features, while incorporating its history as a gravel-pit.

R Park will embark upon its second second phase of development with the addition of this sign. The first phase focused on the gravel pit’s reclamation including grading, site development, and water feature construction. This second phase includes the design and construction of a variety of passive recreational amenities, such as an entrance plaza, restrooms, picnic tables and benches, and more.

As a community resource made possible solely by donations, we hope you’ll become a FRIEND to help make R Park more easily accessible.

Beneficiary of restaurant specials

Rendezvous Park is honored to be the Fine Dining Restaurant Group’s Off-Season Special Beneficiary from November 16th through the 22nd. The dining group

believes being a responsible member of our community is paramount.

As a park shaped by the community, for the community, and supported by the community our commitments could not be more aligned. Come on out and eat delicious food while supporting R Park!
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At Rendezvous Bistro, Q Roadhouse & Brewing Co. and Il Villaggio Osteria, guests are able to purchase one entree and get the second for $2. At The Kitchen, we offer a special $12 dinner menu and at Bin22 guests are able to purchase one plate and receive the second for $2 during lunch. With each effort, the additional $2 (from the sale of the second plate) or $1 per guest (at The Kitchen) is then donated

Sign-up to receive announcements of this and other events and park happenings and become a ‘Friend of R Park.’

Welcome kiosk moving forward

The Rendezvous Lands Conservancy Board of Directors approved R Park’s welcome kiosk design and has put its construction to bid.

Created by Gilday Architects, a member of our  locally based, acclaimed design team, the rendering reflects R Park’s overall design concept of seamlessly layering the area’s natural beauty and ecological function with social use,

said Rendezvous Lands Conservancy Executive Director Steve Foster.

We are working to have this visitor amenity built this fall or next spring, dependent on funding capacity.

This will move the Park into its second phase of development. The first phase focused on the gravel pit’s reclamation including grading, site development, and water feature construction. This second phase will include the design and construction of a variety of passive recreational amenities, such as an entrance plaza, restrooms, picnic tables and benches, and more.

As a community resource made possibly solely by generous donations, we hope you’ll make a gift to help offer visitors a comfortable place to sit and gather.