Press Release: R Park Inaugural Kite Festival



Date: September 14, 2018

Contact: Jr Rodriguez


R Park Announces Inaugural Kite Festival / R Park anuncia el Festival Inaugural de Cometas

(Wilson, Wyoming) Thursday, September 13, 2018 ¾ Rendezvous Park (R Park), a program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, is excited to host it’s inaugural Kite Festival on Saturday, September 22nd, 1-4pm.

We invite the community to celebrate R Park’s 4th Anniversary with kites and creativity. This new family-friendly event  will feature kites designed and crafted by 7 local artists: Boughton Walden, Bronwyn Minton, Katy Fox, Mark Dunstan, Payton Spear, Ryan Stolp, and Walt Gerald. The artists’ kites will be entered into a silent auction with all proceeds directly benefiting R Park’s programming and operations. Come view these unique works of art, bid to own one of these creations through the silent auction at the event, or paint your own kite to fly at our craft station!

“We are excited to celebrate in a special way with local art and businesses that help our community become more vibrant,” said Jr Rodriguez, JHLT Community Conservation Manager/R Park Director. “Autumn at R Park is a special time of year and we are looking forward to watching families and people of all ages out at the park flying kites at this inaugural event.”

We would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors for supporting local art and community spaces and for making this event possible: Aspens Market, The Bank of Jackson Hole, The Jackson Hole Land Trust, Orijin Media, and Y2 Consultants. The event kicks off at 1:00 PM and will go until 4:00 PM and will feature a DJ from local community radio station KHOL. Complimentary food and beverages will be available.

“A kite festival is a new and unique way for local artists to showcase their skills,” Scott Page with Orijin Media said. “We’re happy to be a sponsor, and we hope this encourages community members to get outside and experience R Park.”

Adult volunteers are always needed. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, contact Ellie Stratton-Brook at 307-733-4707 or

R Park is located at the intersection of Highway 22 and the Teton-Village Road (4270 River Springs Drive, Wilson). Participants are encouraged to use alternative forms of transportation to attend, such as, START Bus or the community pathways.

About Rendezvous Park

A program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Rendezvous Park (R Park) is a private park for public use. R Park provides 40-acres of reclaimed public space designed to encourage all ages to engage with nature and inspire through open space interaction. All operating dollars are raised through donations. For the latest, follow @RendezvousPark

About the Jackson Hole Land Trust

The Jackson Hole Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization that was established in 1980 to protect and steward the treasured landscapes of Northwest Wyoming including Fremont and Sublette counties. With over 55,000 acres protected, our vision is a legacy of protected open spaces, wildlife habitat, working lands and community spaces that inspire current and future generations. For more information, please visit


Jueves, 14 de septiembre de 2018 ¾ Rendezvous Park (R Park), un programa del Jackson Hole Land Trust, está emocionado de acoger su Festival inaugural de Cometas el sábado 22 de septiembre, 1-4pm

Invitamos a la comunidad a celebrar el cuarto aniversario de R Park con cometas y creatividad. Este nuevo evento será amigable con la familia y presentarámos cometas hechos por 7 artistas locales: Boughton Walden, Bronwyn Minton, Katy Fox, Mark Dunstan, Payton Spear, Ryan Stolp, and Walt Gerald. Las cometas de los artistas serán entrados en una subasta silenciosa con todos los beneficios directamente beneficiando programación y operaciones del parque. ¡Vengan a ver estas obras de arte únicas, puja por poseer una de estas creaciones a través de la subasta silenciosa en el evento, o pinta tu propia cometa para volar en nuestra estación de artesanía!

“Estamos muy contentos de celebrar de una manera especial con arte local y las empresas que ayudan a nuestra comunidad ser más vibrante,” dijo Jr Rodriguez, Gerente de la Conservación Comunitaria y Director de R Park. “Otoño en el parque es una época especial y tenemos ganas de ver familias y todas las edades en el parque volando cometas el día 22.”

Queremos extender un agradecimiento especial a nuestros patrocinadores por apoyar el arte local y los espacios comunitarios y para hacer este evento posible: Aspens Market, The Bank of Jackson Hole, The Jackson Hole Land Trust, Orijin Media, and Y2 Consultants. El evento comienza a las 1:00 PM e irá hasta las 4:00 PM con un DJ por la estación local de radio comunitaria KHOL. Se ofrecerán alimentos y bebidas complementarias.

“Un festival de cometas es una nueva y única manera para los artistas locales de mostrar sus habilidades,” dijo Scott Page con Orijin Media. “Somos contentos de ser un patrocinador, y esperamos que esto anime a miembros de la comunidad a salir afuera y visiten el R Park.”

Siempre se necesitan voluntarios adultos. Si usted desea ser voluntario u obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Jr Rodriguez en 307-733-4707 o

R Park está situado en la intersección de la carretera 22 y la carretera Teton-Village (4270 River Springs Drive, Wilson). Los participantes son animados a usar formas alternativas del transporte para asistir, tal como, el autobús START o los caminos de la comunidad.

Sobre Rendezvous Park

Un programa del Jackson Hole Land Trust, Rendezvous Park (R Park) es un parque privado para uso público. R Park proporciona 40 acres de espacio público recuperado diseñado para alentar a todas las edades a involucrarse con la naturaleza e inspirar a través de la interacción de espacios abiertos. Todos los dólares de operaciones son levantados a través de donaciones.Para lo más reciente, siga @RendezvousPark 

Sober el Jackson Hole Land Trust

El Jackson Hole Land Trust es una organización privada sin fines de lucro que fue establecida en 1980 para proteger y ambientalmente administrar los paisajes atesorados del noroeste de Wyoming incluyendo los condados de Fremont y Sublette. Con más de 55,000 acres protegidos, nuestra visión es una herencia de espacios abiertos protegidos, hábitat de la fauna silvestre, tierras trabajadoras y espacios de la comunidad que inspiran generaciones futuras y corrientes. Para más información, por favor visite

Kite Festival Press Release PDF

Local paper reports love for R Park

In July 2015 Jackson Hole News & Guide visited R Park and published the below article “Summer Rendezvous: Visitors and residents enjoy natural ambiance of new R Park.”

Reporter Tristan Wagner observed that

kayaks circle the backside of a small island in a winding pond, while paddle boarders lay out in the afternoon sun and small children stay close to their parents in tubes along the gravel shore. The still waters of ponds are a welcome phenomenon in the valley, given that Slide, Jenny, String, Jackson and Leigh lakes require a considerable drive from town.

Jackson resident Jen Kandolin and parent of two said,

We live in town, and weather permitting, we’re here twice a week. It’s a really nice, safe place for us to have.

Visit for yourself this summer to enjoy the park’s swimming pond, island, streams, nature trails, meadow and more.

Sign up to receive our monthly eNewsletters or call 307.733.3913 to speak with a park representative. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, R Park is possible Donate now buttonthanks to support and donations. We hope you’ll consider making a gift by check and sent via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or by credit card online.

A myriad of benefits to children

Travis has longstanding family ties to Jackson Hole and is a hiker, biker, climber, and backcountry skier. In 2014 Dr. Riddell,MD, MPH, FAAP, became the owner of Jackson Pediatrics, putting is clinical expertise to use. Dr. Riddell has a strong interest in pediatric environmental health and has a record of published research among underserved populations in Nepal, China, and the Philippines.

Dr. Travis Riddell

Studies show that spending time in nature has a myriad of benefits to children. R Park provides a spectacular natural playground in nwhich kids can become healthier, hardier, and untethered from their electronic gadgets,

states Dr. Riddell.

Travis, his wife Annie, and their son Case, can often be found at R Park on a sunny day.

Owned, transformed, operated and maintained by the nonprofit Rendezvous Lands Conservancy R Park’s future depends on it’s visitors.

Become a ‘FRIEND of R Park’ today to make this innovative project possible.

R Park: Funded by Donations Only

Dave Spackman has been in Jackson Hole for more than 35 years.  He is a respected community member with a keen understanding of the Jackson Hole lifestyle including an intimate knowledge of every slope, street, and stream in the area.  Immersed in the community, R Park is proud to have Dave as a ‘FRIEND of R Park.  As a FRIEND, Dave has endorsed R Park, sharing his enthusiasm for the model.

Spackman endorsement

He asserts,

This new community resource is remarkable, especially because it’s made possible without a single tax-payer dollar.

Owned, transformed, operated and maintained by the nonprofit Rendezvous Lands Conservancy R Park’s future depends on it’s visitors.

Become a ‘FRIEND of R Park’ today to make this innovative project possible.

R Park featured in Jackson Hole Real Estate Summer Catalog

As a budding resource to the entire Jackson Hole community, realtors are taking notice.  Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates featured R Park in their Summer Catalog of Fine Properties, in which a park fan is quoted saying

Most of the Snake River access in the valley is private, so it’s a gift for R Park to be public.  It’s an opportunity for families and friends from every walk of life to enjoy the beauty right within our community.

JHREA article

Many thanks to Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates.  If you’ve yet to visit Rendezvous Park or would like to learn more about it’s history and future plans, join us for a short tour every Tuesday at noon or Friday at 4pm until the end of September.

R Park’s New Fishing Hole

May 26th and 27th were big days for Rendezvous Park, literally.Fish stocking photo  An experiment that had been discussed was executed when Wyoming Game & Fish tested R Park’s three ponds to assess their temperatures, as well as what kinds of fish are already R Park residents.

Their findings asserted their hopes, that R Park would be an ideal place to stock for kids to learn how to fish.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide featured the work in the following article:

News & Guide article

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Local Pediatrician Encourages Time Outdoors

This July, in the Jackson Hole News & Guide’s “Cure for Nature Deficit Disorder: Outdoor Play”, local pediatrician, Travis Riddell, M.D. reflected on his youth, as well as the changing lives of youth today.

Travis Riddell, M.D.Dr. Riddell referenced a number of studies proving an array of benefits resulting from spending time in nature.  For example, he wrote, “perhaps more interesting and well established is the relationship between outdoor play, particularly in nature, and mental health. Children with more exposure to nature tend to have lower levels of stress and higher scores on the scale for self-worth.”  The physical health benefits may not surprise most, however studies have found a “linear relationship between tree cover and attention: The more trees that surrounded the child, the more he or she was able to focus.” Most relevant however to this specific community, and to Rendezvous Park, Riddell acknowledged that,

“Indeed, Backpacker magazine ranked Jackson the second-best community in the nation in which to raise an ‘outdoor kid.’ Yet in my pediatric practice I repeatedly encounter children whose summer vacation is mostly spent glued to a video game console, TV or portable electronic device.”

Riddell’s article highlights many of the motivations for reclaiming R Park from a gravel pit to natural park for the enjoyment and benefit of our community and it’s visitors, as well as articulating Rendezvous Lands Conservancy’s values.

Land Trust Features R Park & Board Member

One of our founders, the Jackson Hole Land Trust, highlighted R Park in their Fall/Winter Open Lands 2014 Newsletter: Valley Visions. In doing so, they interviewed Land Trust supporters, most thoroughly, Scott Pierson, who’s been integral in R Park’s creation.  Pierson is a Land Trust board member, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy board member, and R Park Design Team leader.

“Scott’s favorite design features, the ‘knolls’ – an idea…that mimics the grassy buttes found across the valley. ‘The knolls turned out as a real plus, because they enable people to get above the flat valley floor, see the mountains and the river, and get a sense of the breadth and space of the whole park. People really enjoy them.'”

“Anna Sullivan, Land Trust board member, attended the R Park opening…’What an incredible resource for the community,’ said Anna…’It is a visionary effort by different groups that

Land Trust articlecollaborated to take advantage of a truly unique open space for the enjoyment of all ages…It is wonderful for my family to have R Park, which offers many activities we love, within biking distance of where we live.'”

The article concludes that

“In five years, Scott envisions that R Park will be coming into its own as a treasured community fixture. The native grasses will be tall, and trees planted this year will be well-established. There will be more wildlife using the park than now (and more than when the land was a gravel pit), as vegetation grows in to create more screened areas and sanctuaries.”

Many thanks to the Jackson Hole Land Trust – R Park wouldn’t exist were it not for your vision and dedication.

Jackson Hole Land Trust Board President Endorses R Park

To bring awareness and support for Rendezvous ParkRendezvous Park a unique opportunity the Jackson Hole Land Trust Board President Fred Staehr wrote an article in our local Jackson Hole News and Guide newspaper. “Rendezvous Park a unique opportunity” explains the Land Trust’s motivations for protecting the once gravel pit. The article was published just days before the Teton County Board of Commissioners will meet to assess the park’s Final Development Plan.

Staehr explained that “Every step of the way we have been encouraged by community members and partner organizations that have shared this vision with us.” His conclusion highlights the very reason the project began.

“This new park is something to be celebrated. Providing the community and young families with this opportunity to get out on the park land and experience nature and the outdoors is a powerful way to foster a sense of stewardship and conservation ethic in the next generation.”

We thank the Jackson Hole Land Trust for your vision and persistence to protect the former commercial gravel pit that will soon be fully reclaimed and transformed into a 40-acre natural park for the enjoyment of the community and its visitors.

R Park Plan Goes Before Planning Commission

This Monday, June 23rd Rendezvous Park’s Final Development Plan will be assessed by the Teton County Planning Commission, which will influence

The Jackson Hole Daily featured this anticipated meeting on their front page in “River park faces review.” They provided an overview of Rendezvous Park and interviewed the new Managing Park Director, Elisabeth Rohrbach, who stated,

“Every day it looks different…It’s a park for the community, shaped by the community and supported by the community.”

Jackson Hole Daily June 23, 2014Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 3.00.42 PM

We hope you’ll join us at 6pm at the Teton County Administration Building tonight to learn more about the park and to share your enthusiasm!