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.

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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Request for Proposals

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 1.19.27 PM.pngRequest for Proposals for Rendezvous Park Bench Design and Construction Program

Now that reclamation of the former gravel-pit is almost complete, “phase two,” the design and construction of visitor amenities is underway.

Rendezvous Lands Conservancy (RLC), the nonprofit owner and operator of R Park, requests design and construction proposals for benches to be located in R Park. Funding is provided by a donor grant of $36,000. The goal is to install unique, non-production benches that complement the park’s natural setting and enhance the visitor experience. RLC desires to leverage the donation to construct as many benches as possible.

Selected proposals will provide and include design, construction, and installation services. RLC shall provide installation support and coordination with the goal of installation by mid-summer of 2016. The selected artist and/or craftsman will have documented and demonstrated skills and experience in similar types of projects.

RFP Details: (1) complete RFP, (2) design guidelines, and (3) bench locations map

Project Schedule: It is the intent that RLC shall adhere to the following schedule for receipt, review, evaluation, and selection of qualified submittals. RLC has the sole discretion to deviate or change the schedule to achieve the best results for the program.

March 11, 2016                     RFP distribution

March 23 and 30, 2016      On-site meetings at 11 AM for interested parties

April 8, 2016                       RFP submittal date deadline, 5PM MDT

April 19, 2016                       Completion of submitted RFP evaluations

April 21-29, 2016                Interviews with selected Proposals (if needed)

May 13, 2016                         Award of contract(s)

June 15-July 15, 2016          Completion Date and Installation in Park

Inquiries: Steve Foster | Rendezvous Lands Conservancy | 330 N. Glenwood St. | PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 | 307.690.2350 | steve@rendezvouslc.org

 

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.

Rendezvous Park, a project of Rendezvous Lands Conservancy,  is a 40-acre public natural park that fosters nature, wildlife, creativity and passive 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.

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.

 

SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for R Park’s 4th annual Summer Solstice Celebration like you’ve never seen before, featuring FoundSpace, a project of the Jackson Hole Land Trust in partnership with Jackson Hole Public Art.

R Park fosters nature, creativity and recreation for people of all ages and the celebration will do just that. FoundSpace is an interactive, community, public art project utilizing found objects gathered on properties that have been protected in perpetuity by Jackson Hole Land Trust conservation easements.

As the longest day of the year it is the beginning of summer and cause for celebration all over the world.

Music, refreshments, and other activities make it an event not to miss. Join us to enjoy the warm weather, cool pond, and breezy knoll! More information to come. To whet your palette, get a sense of past summer (and winter) Solstice celebrations.

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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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Entrance sign this winter

R Park’s main entrance will be marked and welcoming by winter, guiding visitors to convenient parking just north of the Wilson boat ramp access road. 

High level mapThis entrance sign and the Gilday Architects-designed kiosk will begin the creation of an entrance plaza providing visitors with park information, seating, shelter, and more.

Led by Pierson Land Works of the park’s locally based, acclaimed design team, the sign interweaves the area’s natural features, while incorporating its history as a gravel-pit.

R Park will embark upon its second second phase of development with the addition of this sign. The first phase focused on the gravel pit’s reclamation including grading, site development, and water feature construction. This second phase includes the design and construction of a variety of passive recreational amenities, such as an entrance plaza, restrooms, picnic tables and benches, and more.

As a community resource made possible solely by donations, we hope you’ll become a FRIEND to help make R Park more easily accessible.