Alert, sledders!

Have so much fun…

…but not so much fun that it hurst. Sled at your own risk.

People enjoy many activities at R Park and we host a variety of events also. Sign-up to receive invitations to events and other park happenings.

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.

Reclamation progress – excuse the machinery

As R Park is reclaimed from a commercial gravel-pit to a natural park significant restoration is required. Please excuse the heavy machinery as we work as quickly as possible. Meandering stream progress

The following progress is in the works:

  • Creating a meandering stream through the vast meadow to provide a safe place for kids to play in moving water, as well as an additional natural element
  • Planting the beginning of our second cottonwood grove (150 trees) to serve as New cottonwoodsspace for exploration, shade, and beauty, as well as significant wildlife habitat for shelter and foraging. You can help with this effort by funding a tree or part of a cottonwood.
  • Planting part of 3-acres of wetlands, which will provide significant habitat for an array of wildlife.
  • Removing hundreds of pounds of brush and weeds from the edge of the big pond to provide additional beach for swimming, picnicking and playing.

Wetland planting

Owned and managed by a nonprofit, we need YOUR help to complete these efforts. Visit our wish list for details.

*Please also note that our parking area at the north entrance is currently closed for visitor safety. Call or email for temporary directions.

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Welcome R Park Ambassador

Beginning in July, R Park will have its very own Ambassador.Ambassador  When you visit, you’ll likely see Ambassador Jake McIntosh, an avid hiker, traveler and skier.

As R Park’s first summer open, we expect to welcome many visitors.  McIntosh will be present to answer questions, to keep the park clean, and to ensure things like parking run smoothly.

McIntosh says,

“I could not be more excited to be spending this summer working alongside Jackson residents to continue R park’s transformation.”

He has worked and volunteered for conservation projects around the world, beginning in high school when he developed a First Jobs program for local youth in the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

More recently, McIntosh was an assistant for a trail mapping expedition in northern Mongolia for Lake Hovsgol National Park, part of a larger effort to enhance visitor experiences while limiting human impact on the environment.

Jake says, after a day of work at R Park,

“I plan to relax ontop of some of the park’s grassy knolls.”

Welcome Jake – we’re thrilled to have you!

There are a number of volunteers helping make the vision for R Park a reality. Our Advisory Board members have been advocates for the project since the beginning.  We have many needs for help. Please let us know if you’re interested in volunteering.

Free Stargazing Fridays at 9pm

Beginning in June, every clear Friday night, Wyoming Stargazing will host free public stargazing events at Rendezvous Park.

During the stargazing events giant Dobsonian Telescope with a 20″ primary mirror will be provided to view planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and more! They’ll also bring several iPads with the Star Walk application so you can explore the heavens.Stargazing photo

The telescopes are named after the late amateur astronomer John Dobson who designed the telescope mount used by those telescopes. John was also instrumental in popularizing amateur astronomy and amateur telescope building across the county.

Viewings take place on Fridays from 9:00-11:00pm all summer long beginning Friday, June 5th. Feel free to show up for whatever portion of the program works for you. Follow these directions. You will see their vehicle with big, red lights. Park there and follow the path to the right that enters R Park’s meadow.

These free, public stargazing events have been made possible by a generous grant from the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, NASA Grant #NNX10AO95H.WY Stargazing logo

Take our survey and help us plan the park!

We are excited to commence the planning and design of a new year-round park, to be located on the Snake River near the Wilson Bridge. The Rendezvous Lands Conservancy would like to hear your thoughts, so please take a moment to complete a short online survey (*update: the survey is now closed as of June 1, 2012*) and help us plan the park! Also, find out more about the public input process and mark your calendars for the RLC Park Design Team’s open houses planned for this May at the Center for the Arts.