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

Construction Update: Dog Loop Complete & Kiosk Takes Shape

Construction at R Park is moving along nicely, and thanks to Orijin Media we’ve got some exceptional aerial images of the park to share.  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. Please scroll down to see the exciting progress we’ve made! 

What’s happening this week?

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Zach Montes- Orijin Media

First up, take in an aerial shot of our new bridges that complete the .91 dog-friendly pathway that loops around the park. These recently completed bridges allow for better access into northern parts of the R Park perimeter that were previously inaccessible. Join us on Thursday, September 21st at 4:30PM for Cocktails & Dog Trails with PAWS of Jackson Hole as we launch this new dog-friendly pathway. Cocktails will be provided and festive attire for pups is encouraged! Stay afterword for the R Park 3rd Anniversary Celebration to enjoy a warm fire and dinner. 

Kiosk update

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Zach Montes- Orijin Media

As Autumn rapidly approaches, we are looking forward to having the Welcome Kiosk complete to offer coverage from fall and winter storms. Our team has been hard at work completing the pouring of concrete and ensuring the foundation for the kiosk is stable. Soon visitors will be able to enter into 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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Zach Montes- Orijin Media

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Zach Montes- Orijin Media

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

Construction Update: New Pathways

Things are really shaping up at Rendezvous Park and we are excited to show you the progress. 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.

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Two visitors stroll along R Park’s pathway’s at dawn

What’s happening this week?

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First up, take a peek at these updated pathways which will soon feature accessible bridges currently being constructed along the south end of R Park’s property. The soon-to-be completed bridges run parallel to the bike pathway and will provide relief from these typically flooded trail areas.

Along these newly installed bridges you will be able to explore parts of the park that were relatively inaccessible beforehand. Whereas previously during rain and high water these trails were impassable, now visitors can meander around this secluded area and not have to wade through shallow streams.

For updates or questions

As we embark on these next two years, we aim to provide and 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 Email, Twitter, Facebook, 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

Help us build for our future- Donate to R Park

While the transformation of Rendezvous Park is ongoing, our progress towards reaching the community vision for the park is clear and measurable. With an impressive 8,000 human visitors in 2016, we’ve also learned that wildlife loves R Park’s reclaimed habitat as elk herds pass through in the colder months and moose happily munch on Cottonwoods and cool off in the ponds during the summer.

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R Park is a public park that is privately managed and funded. We rely on gifts from supporters like you to help keep the day-to-day operations of the park running smoothly. Please consider donating to R Parkevery gift, large or small, matters.

 

Construction Update: New shrubs & Kiosk advancement

Another week of summer has passed and Rendezvous Park (R Park) continues to see positive changes as construction progresses. All park improvements are made possible by the 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 will continue to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed through this weekly Transformation Tuesday blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here. 

Whats happening this week?

Have you noticed more foliage in sections of R Park? Part of R Park’s transformation includes 169 shrubs we just planted throughout the property. This includes dogwoods, hawthorns, willows, and serviceberries.

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What is the significance of these shrubs? Dogwoods typically grow well in almost any fertile, well-drained soil and are common in reclamation of landscape. Serviceberry shrubs can grow as tall as 30 feet and can be pruned to have one truck (as in the form of a tree) or can be left as a multi stemmed shrub. The white blossoms are especially large on this hybrid, so be on the lookout as these young shrubs begin to flower in their new habitat. Willow’s and Hawthorn’s typically inhabit areas that provide moisture, such as R Park’s wetlands and lowland area’s. Hawthorn shrubs are a member of the rose family, and typically feature a knotty, twisted trunk grey to reddish brown bark. Come visit R Park to walk the new trails and enjoy the new native plant life!

What’s happening with the Welcome Kiosk?

As of this week, concrete has been poured to help set the foundation for R Park’s soon to be Welcome Kiosk. The pouring of concrete is an essential part of the construction process for setting where the structure will be build. IMG_0619.JPG

Trail closures

Due to the construction of the Welcome Kiosk, the northern connector pathway off of the R Park roundabout is not accessible. Please use caution when navigating this area, and use alternative pathways to navigate around the construction. 

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Please exercise caution in the highlighted yellow area 

For updates or questions

As we embark on these next two years, we aim to provide and educate the public about the on-going construction process. We take great pride in providing accessible open spaces for the public to enjoy, and we want everyone to feel comfortable getting out on the land while these changes develop.  Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation Tuesday 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 Email, Twitter, Facebook, 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

 

Construction Update: Progress at R Park

Have you been wondering what’s going on at R Park? Tractors, gravel, orange tape? This past May of 2017, the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) was awarded a $1.7 million grant from the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. Thanks to this generous grant, construction has begun on the park’s final stages of transformation, which will provide a welcome pavilion, connected pathways and bridges, permanent restroom facilities, trail signage, a picnic shelter and additional landscaping and reclamation. With this grant money JHLT and LOR have committed to providing visitors with a better park experience while keeping the park open and accessible to the public during all three phases of construction. Construction is expected to be complete by July 2019.

As we embark on these next two years, we aim to provide and educate the public about the on-going construction process. We take great pride in providing accessible open spaces for the public to enjoy, and we want everyone to feel comfortable getting out on the land while these changes develop.  Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation Tuesday blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.

What’s happening this week: 

Keep an eye on the beginning stages of our Welcome Kiosk. Although it may only look like a couple of holes in the ground, it is the beginning of functional restrooms and a shaded area for visitors to enjoy. All pathways are to remain open surrounding the construction site.IMG_0617.JPG

What is the welcome kiosk? 

R Park is a product of community feedback and we value our close relationship with our users. “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. With a comprehensive map of R Park and initial information about the park, this Welcome Kiosk will help guide families and visitors as they utilize the space. Below are two renderings of what the kiosk will look like once complete:           

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For updates or questions

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via Email, Twitter, Facebook, 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

 

 

JH Land Trust to Complete Rendezvous Park for Community

We are thrilled to announce that The LOR Foundation has awarded a grant of $1.7 million to The Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) to realize the vision established for Rendezvous Park by and for the community!

The LOR Foundation and JHLT partnered in 2011 to purchase our 41-acre property which is located to the north and west of the Highway 22 Bridge over the Snake River and includes the Wilson boat launch, a popular community access point for boating, angling, swimming, and pedestrian paths along the levee. Over the past five years, R Park has been reclaimed from a private commercial gravel pit into a public-access natural park visited by over 5,000 people a year. 

The grant money will allow JHLT to complete the final stages of R Park’s transformation as originally envisioned by the community. New amenities will provide visitors with a better park experience including a welcome pavilion, connected pathways and bridges, permanent restroom facilities, trail signage, a picnic shelter, bike racks, benches and additional landscaping and reclamation. 
 
Construction will be completed in three phases over the next 24 months and we will remain open to the public.
Click here to read the full press release.

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.