Celebrate the longest day of the year with R Park’s 5th Annual Summer Solstice

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Rendezvous Park (R Park), a program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, is excited to host the 5th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Thursday, June 21st, 5-8pm. We invite the community to celebrate the longest day of the year at the park with great food, art, and live music by Benyaro with Bo Elledge. This year’s program features activities that celebrate the nature, history, and wildlife of R Park, including the reveal of a new permanent sculpture named, ‘Flow’. The event kicks off at 5:00 PM and will go until 8:00 PM. Complimentary beverages for all ages will be available including beer from Roadhouse Brewing, wine from The Liquor Store, and 2$ tasty tacos by Streetfood JH.

“Our Annual Solstice Celebration marks the official start of summer with a unique opportunity to bring the whole community together and experience all that their local, non-profit run park has to offer,” said Laurie Andrews, President of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. “We are also thrilled to reveal, “Flow” by Thea Alvin, made possible through a partnership with JH Public Art. We don’t want to ruin the surprise but the new installation was inspired by all the movements nature offers at R Park.”

This summer’s R Park Junior Ranger activities were revamped with local partners. Kids can complete the activities to “certify” them as Rangers. Successful Junior Rangers will visit each station listed on a new interactive map to receive a hole punch to signify their participation. If each station is visited, the map can be redeemed for an R Park Junior Ranger prize. Families are invited to:

In addition, Erwin Valasquez will be hosting two free bilingual yoga classes at 6:00PM & 7:00PM. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mats. R Park is located at the intersection of Highway 22 and the Teton-Village Road (4270 River Springs Drive, Wilson). Parking will be available at Stilson lot, and participants are encouraged to use alternative forms of transportation to attend, such as, START Bus or the community pathways.

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

Read the full Press Release here: Summer Solstice Press Release

R Park Celebrates Kids to Parks Day- Join us!

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Join us at Rendezvous ‘R’ Park to celebrate #KidsToParksDay! R Park is partnering with the Doug Coombs FoundationTeton Science Schools, and Latino Outdoors to host a day of fun. Our Junior Ranger Activity invites participants to complete a list of 6 tasks- each designed to encourage open space interaction and educate participants about the park’s characteristics. The activities available for Saturday, May 19th will be as follows:

1. Make a Wish (into the R Park pond)
2. Master a Yoga Pose (with local instructor, Erwin Velasquez)
3. Find the Ring of Fire
4. Summit the R Park Knoll
5. Learn About Wildlife
6. Identify Native Plants

Come join us to explore the park by visiting each location and learn about the nature and wildlife at R Park while becoming a Junior Ranger!

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Stay up to date on R Park events by visiting our Events Calendar or by visiting our Facebook page. 

R Park Easter Egg Hunt: Tonight!

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Tonight, March 30th, for the second year in a row, Rendezvous Park will be hosting a Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt. The event will be from 6:30-8:30pm, featuring a regular Easter Egg Hunt at 7pm broken up into 5 different age groups. Once the regular hunts are complete, we will set up for a glow-in-the-dark hunt under the full moon that will start at approximately 8pm. Easter is a celebratory time and we welcome all community members to come enjoy warm beverages with their families. Remember to bring an Easter basket or bag to put eggs in!

The egg hunt age groups will be as follows:

    • 0-2
    • 3-4
    • 5-6
    • 7-8
    • 9 & up

Thanks to the LOR Foundation we have been able to turn gray gravel mounds into lush green hills and open fields to host this Easter Egg Hunt. Come join and experience this reclaimed community space.

R Park is a product of community feedback and its values. Thanks to the LOR Foundation, we have been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible for family-friendly activities and programming. 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.

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

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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: 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

Summer Solstice celebration in 2 mins

On June 20th millions of people across the world honor the beginning of summer, marked by the longest day of the year. Festivities are held each year at the annual R Park Solstice Celebration.

True to R Park’s Solstice style the evening included live music, local food and beverages, and lawn games. Unique to 2016, the celebration will feature FoundSpace by the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) in partnership with Jackson Hole Public Art (JHPA). Local artists will engage the community to create temporary art installations composed of treasures collected from JHLT conservation easement-protected properties.

Get a taste of the celebration through this 2 minute video!

Laurie Andrews, RLC board chair and Land Trust executive director said,

R Park’s creation began with the Land Trust, yet it has matured on its own into a wonderful, natural community gathering place. It is the perfect hub to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

R Park’s history runs deep through the veins of the Jackson Hole community. The once gravel-pit was purchased in part by the JHLT who now holds its conservation easement. As a resource for the community, public input shaped the 40-acres. Now, RLC has opened R Park to the public thanks to ongoing donations from those who envisioned its potential years ago and those who appreciate all it is becoming.

Veronica Silberberg, past R Park Advisory Board member and Center of Wonder Cofounder said,

This collaboration exemplifies the transformative power of creativity, especially when coupled with the outdoors.

In addition to the family-friendly fun, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival’s free iPhone app, Site: R Park, was projected in places of wonder, adding aural texture to the area’s natural sounds. And, the temporary installations resided in and decorated R Park throughout the summer.

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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.

For questions please contact Elisabeth Rohrbach at Elisabeth@rpark.org.

1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-5-14-13-pmThe once gravel-pit is being reclaimed into a natural park called Rendezvous Park or R Park. The pit’s main quarry has been transformed into a 450-foot long pond that is fed by the Snake River and then flows into an additional pond.

In 2016 Wyoming Game and Fish (WYGF) began stocking R Park’s ponds with native cutthroat, turning the pond into an ideal fishing hole. That year over 250 kids visited R Park to partake in WYGF’s 26th annual Kids Fishing Day.

Fishing is for families with kids 16 years and younger. Please remember to abide by the Wyoming Fishing regulations and have fun!

R Park is a gathering place for people of all ages to enjoy and appreciate nature. Fishing in our ponds brings families together and keeps alive a pastime deeply rooted in our country’s history,

said Board Member Hal Hutchinson.

R Park is possible Donate now buttonthanks to support and donations from the community. 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.