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Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 4.01.15 PMAspens Market and New West KnifeWorks Host Dinner to Benefit R Park

(Wilson, Wyoming) February 22, 2016–Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, the owner and operator of Rendezvous Park (R Park), is pleased to announce an exclusive benefit dinner on Friday, March 11 at 7:30pm at the Aspens Market in Wilson.

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R Park is a 40-acre community hub that fosters nature, wildlife, creativity and recreation for people of all ages and backgrounds free of charge. Having provided the county an easement, R Park connects the West Bank and Jackson via the new Snake River Pedestrian Bridge and community pathways.

Hosted by the Aspens
Market and New West KnifeWorks tickets are $125 per person and include four locally inspired courses paired with fine wines. As the featured chef, Corey Milligan, founder and owner of New West KnifeWorks, will use his handcrafted, award-winning knives. Westside Wine & Spirits will provide an array of wines selected by Owner Katrina Ryan. Both Mr. Milligan and Mrs. Ryan serve as R Park Advisory Board members who have made R Park’s transformation from a gravel-pit possible.

Shaped by the community, this dinner is an example of the generosity that has made R Park possible and continues to support its completion and operations,

said Elisabeth Rohrbach, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy development and communications director.

Mike Reid, owner of Aspens Market, said

it’s a pleasure for us to put our venue to greater use, especially for events that support such ground-breaking community projects as R Park.

With only 28 seats available tickets to this intimate dinner will sell out quickly. Join us to support the community’s newest natural park. Tickets can be purchased by credit card or PayPal here or at the New West KnifeWorks store at 98 Center Street just off Town Square. You can also call 307.739.8325 to purchase tickets via credit card.

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 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 visit www.rpark.info.

 About the Aspens Market – Aspens Market is a locally owned and operated grocery store and deli in Jackson Hole. They offer delicious prepared food, an authentic butcher, fresh produce, and a wide assortment of grocery items to satisfy any kitchen or pantry. For more information, visit http://aspensmarket.com/.

About New West KnifeWorks – New West KnifeWorks was founded by Corey Milligan originally to design, develop, and produce knives for fine art and craft shows. From its inception, the goal has been not only to produce the finest quality knives in the world, but also to design these tools to be works of art that inspire excellence in food preparation and beautify the kitchen. Corey has had much success in this mission. The knives have been accepted at many of the nation’s top juried fine art shows and have won several awards. Furthermore, the knives have been featured in many of the nation’s top publications. For more information visit http://www.newwestknifeworks.com/.

Help keep it clean

R Park’s transformation from a commercial gravel-pit into a natural park has resulted in approximately 15 desolate acres of rocks becoming meadows, beaches, trails, and more. Families visit every day and over 10 local organizations hosted camps and events at R Park throughout the summer.

We are committed to ensuring a clean and welcoming park. In order to do so, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy seeks the following equipment or a gift of $2,000 to purchase the tools.
Volunteers shovel beach

Specifically:

  • Chainsaw
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Portable battery power tools
  • Rakes – steel (2) and leaf (2)
  • Small tree saw
  • Polaski
  • Large limb clippers
  • Post hole digger
  • Tool boxesVolunteers rake beach
  • Shovels – pointed (2), flat (2), scoop (2), and snow (2)
  • Sandwich sign board(s)
  • 10×10 pop up tent
  • Folding tables
  • Fold out chairs

Please consider helping us keep R Park’s beach, meadow, and nature trails welcoming and accessible to all. We are able to provide a tax receipt for the fair market value of any donated tools. Please contact us.

Donate now buttonOwned and operated by a nonprofit, Rendezvous Park is possible
thanks to generous support and donations. Our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing.

Join us and become a FRIEND OF R PARK today. Please mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

A gift

Over the holidays this big red ribbon “wrapped” R Park because it is gift to the community.

As an operating gravel-pit for many years, 40 acres along the bank of the Snake River was off-limits to the public. Local conservation organizations purchased the property to have it transformed into a public park. The nonprofit Rendezvous Lands Conservancy now owns R Park and is reclaiming, operating, and maintaining its ponds, meadows, and hills solely by donations.

Like any gift for a lifetime it needs to be taken care of.

Were it not for our those generous partners R Park would be a very different place.

Rendezvous Park is possible Donate now buttonthanks to generous support and donations from the community. Our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. Join us and become a FRIEND OF R PARK today. Please mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

 

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!
Fine Dining beneficiary

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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Mayor calls R Park “a gem”

Flitner

Teton County Mayor Sara Flitner has been involved with R Park since early on and in a number of capacities: as a partner with her firm, an advocate, and mayor. Her PR company, Flitner Strategies began as part of our acclaimed local team, selected by community stakeholders.

Since then, as mayor, her relationship has shifted as Teton County has become a close partner. R Park’s nonprofit owner, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, provided the county an easement for the Snake River Pedestrian Bridge and community pathway to land on and pass through the park. In doing so, R Park serves as an essential connection and valued gathering place between our Jackson Hole communities.

It’s a great example of what is possible when a nonprofit vision, community support and public collaboration come together to enhance our community,

asserted the mayor. Her opinion, as well as those from families, a biologist, a 5th generation local and community educator provide a holistic view of what R Park provides different people.

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