Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21st, the Winter Solstice, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year, often considered the “extreme of winter.” Worldwide, interpretation of the event varies across cultures. Many come together to recognize rebirth involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals, and more.

In Jackson Hole, annual festivities are held at Rendezvous Park. Bring your family and friends anytime between from 5–8 pm. It will be a magical night not to miss! Please RSVP to Park Director Elisabeth Rohrbach at elisabeth@rpark.org or (307) 733-3913.

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This year, Cathedral Voices Choir will sing carols around a bonfire and Wyoming Stargazing will show you the planets up close with their telescopes. There will also be a special seasonal glow installation provided by Jackson Hole Public Art.

There will also be warm drinks, chili, and of course sledding!

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, RLC’s work is made possible Donate now buttonthanks to support and donations. It would be a pleasure to share more information about our work. Please contact us with any questions.

Donations can be made by check and sent via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or by credit card online. For up-to-date information visit our blog and sign-up for our monthly eNewsletter.

2016 Summer Solstice

16.06.20 solstice posterOn June 20th join millions of people across the world in honoring the beginning of summer, marked by the longest day of the year. Festivities will be held at the annual R Park Solstice Celebration from 5 to 8 pm, hosted by its nonprofit owner and steward, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy (RLC).

True to R Park’s Solstice style, live music, local food and beverages, and lawn games will be provided. Unique to this year, 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.

R Park’s creation began with the Land Trust, yet it has matured on its own into a wonderful, natural community gathering place

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

It is the perfect hub to celebrate the Summer Solstice and both organizations are excited for the culmination of FoundSpace to take place at this vibrant park, on this special day.

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, 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, will be projected in places of wonder, adding aural texture to the area’s natural sounds. And, the temporary installations will reside in and decorate R Park throughout the summer.

From 5 – 8 pm bring your family and friends, picnic blankets and water bottles, and creativity. Also bring a few dollars for $1 Café Genevieve beef sliders or mac & cheese. Located conveniently in our valley, please utilize alternative forms of transportation. Friends of Pathways will provide a bike valet so you can enjoy our community pathways on your way to and from the party.

See who else is celebrating via our Facebook event.

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Earth Day at R Park

On April 22nd, 2016 R Park celebrated Earth Day in partnership with Jackson, Wyoming’s Journeys School. Fifteen of their high schoolers showed up with work gloves ready to work and “liberate the trees” as one of them explained.

Let Jack, CeeCee, Griffin, and Rainer tell you about their day in this 40 second video.

While reclaiming the former gravel-pit into a natural park its nonprofit owner and steward, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, has planted grasses, wetlands, shrubs, and tree groves. To protect the saplings from moose and beavers fencing was essential.

After having removed almost 100 yards of fence one of the volunteers concluded,

I feel accomplished…working on something like this. It sounds kind of cliche, but it’s really true.

Many thanks to the Journeys School for their hard work! The Journeys School is an independent school that integrates ecology, culture and community for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students in a college preparatory setting.

We seek volunteers to help in ways that are meaningful and rewarding to them—install and repair signs, maintain trails, and/or pull the weeds. You can also visit R Park on a regular basis to serve as an informal ambassador. There are many options, so please let us know if you’re interested.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, RLC’s work is made possible Donate now buttonthanks to support and donations. We hope you’ll consider making a gift today by check and sent via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or 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.

Jackson Hole Winter Trails Day

Celebrate Jackson Hole Winter Trails Day by Latham Jenkins : Circ.biz sleddingtesting out cross country skis or a fat bike, touring on snowshoes or sipping hot chocolate at your favorite local trailhead on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Organized by many community organizations working together to increase awareness of winter activities while developing positive trail interactions by a range of trail users, Lauren Dickey, Education Director at Friends of Pathways said,

Our favorite part of the day is watching people try something new, whether it’s an adult hopping on a fat bike or a 4 year old trying cross country skiing. Winter trails are all about having fun.

Rendezvous Lands Conservancy looks forward to providing warm drinks and treats at the Stilson Parking Lot along the Centennial Trail. Come on by to learn about Rendezvous Park and to continue on to the sledding knoll!

Rendezvous Park is possible Donate now buttonthanks to generous support and donations from the community and our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. Become a FRIEND OF R PARK so we can host fun events like this one throughout the year. Please mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

 

 

Luminaries, stars, & sledding

You missed out if you missed R Park’s Winter Solstice Celebration!  The Winter Solstice marks the onset of winter and is celebrated across the world.

Rendezvous Lands Conservancy hosted hundreds of community members of all ages for an evening fun. Special partners, Jackson Hole Public Art created an interactive art experience complete with hundreds of ice luminaries. Wyoming Stargazing had their giant telescope showing off planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies.

Adults gathered the courage to sled the big knoll (even breaking their sleds while at it!). Cookies and caroling around one of the bonfire were favorites also.

Rendezvous Park is possible Donate now buttonthrough the nonprofit Rendezvous Lands Conservancy and thanks to generous support and donations from the community. Become a FRIEND OF R PARK so we can host fun events like this one throughout the year. Please mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

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Welcome Winter at R Park

Winter Solstice  marks the onset of winter and is celebrated across the world. Rendezvous Lands Conservancy invites you to join hundreds of community members in welcoming winter at R Park on Sunday, December 20th.

Special partners, Jackson Hole Public Art will provide an interactive art experience complete with hundreds of ice luminaries. Wyoming Stargazing will have a giant telescope to view planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and more! There will be sledding, caroling, cookies, and our signature apple cider cocktail also.

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Stop by anytime between 4-6:30pm to enjoy the winter wonderland. It will be a magical night not to miss!

Please access R Park from the MAIN ENTRANCE — at the soon-to-be-built, large, cairn-like entrance sign on the Teton Village Road, just across from the Stilson parking lot. Parking is provided and the bonfire will be nearby.

Don’t forget your sleds!

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Thank you FRIENDS!

Your gift has made R Park’s first year open an absolute success. “Phase one” of reclaiming the 40-acre, desolate, gravel-pit is almost complete. We are beginning “phase two,” the design and development of built features to make the park more accommodating to visitors. The following are some of the accomplishments that have made 2015 monumental.

  • 54,000 square feet of road reclaimed, nature trails were completed or
    improved, 22,000 square feet of wetlands and 30 cottonwoods were planted, and a meandering stream through the meadow was created.
  • Wyoming Stargazing hosted free, weekly stargazing nights to view planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies using a professional telescope throughout the summer and fall.
  • Cleaned thick brush along the big pond, expanding the beach access and created a small island just off the beach for kids to wade and swim to.  Also removed the remaining of the hundreds of thousands of tons of gravel.

As a community resource made possible solely by donationsbecome a FRIEND today.

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Longtime leader applauds new model

Len Carlman has lived in Jackson Hole for more than 30 years. His career as a lawyer, much of which was focused on land transactions and conservation easements, as well as his extensive experience in the environmental nonprofit field, illustrate his deep knowledge of natural resource preservation.

In assessing Rendezvous Park’s model, as created by the nonprofit Rendezvous Lands Conservancy (RLC) he said,

RLC is pioneering an innovative non-profit template for preserving, owning, and maintaining natural parks that are accessible to the public.Len Carlman at R Park

RLC’s mission is to collaborate with communities to acquire property for public access to help make their visions a reality. Unlike other organizations, RLC is committed to catalyze, design, develop, and own such properties.

Rendezvous Park is RLC’s flagship project, the success of which illustrates this model’s effectiveness.

As Carlman encouraged, make a donation today to contribute to

this strategic growth with visionary private charitable support.

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Learn more about Rendezvous Lands Conservancy’s board of directors, staff, and Rendezvous Park’s advisory board.

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

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