Construction continues through winter

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Thanks to our design and construction team ( The Hole Works, Y2 Consultants, Gyde Architects, Ridgeline Excavation, Prime Consultants, Wyoming Landscaping, and Serenity Development.) Construction at R Park is moving along quickly throughout the winter months. Pictured below are photographs featuring progress on the small office, caretaker’s unit, and restroom facilities. As of last week, the buildings have taken shape with wall framing and roofs in place. The office site is located in close proximity to the caretaker’s unit to minimize impact and will become a gathering and meeting space for registered groups, volunteers, ambassadors, and park staff. Both buildings are located at the western (main) entrance of R Park, while the restroom facilities (with flushable toilets!) and a picnic shelter will be located adjacent to the Welcome Kiosk within the park. The caretaker’s unit will provide housing for two or a small family and will allow us to monitor park activities and provide consistent maintenance services throughout the year. We’re looking forward to having these buildings completed to increase our level of service and capacity for park visitors during our busy summer months!

Thanks to the LOR Foundation, we have been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible. 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.

We will continue to post construction updates, including pictures and descriptions of the progress. View past construction updates and highlights here.

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Support ‘R’ Park: 

As the only non-profit run park in Teton County, R Park depends on people like you. While most public spaces are subsidized by government funds, R Park exists only through the generosity of individual donors who share a vision to create and steward a space where our community can connect with nature. Your contributions have allowed us to turn piles of gravel into a vibrant community-gathering place. With your continued support, we look forward to providing more opportunities for every member of our community to feel inspired by open space. Please make you annual donation here.

Be ‘R’ Volunteer

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. Become our volunteer 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

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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

 

 

Memorial for community-loved Jarad Spackman

After years of planning, a memorial for Jarad Spackman will soon be underway at Rendezvous Park. He was a passionate outdoorsman, committed to conservation and loved by many in this community. It is our honor to offer a quiet corner of R Park to his memory.

Upon its completion, we hope you will enjoy the contemplative gathering circle of rocks. To view the Tetons that Jarad so deeply loved, follow the rocks as they transition to stepping-stones that jut into the pond. We know this special place will provide solace for those remembering Jarad, as well as the hundreds of others for whom nature brings warmth and peace.

Thank you for your patience regarding the construction. Contact us or call us at (307) 733-3913 for more information.

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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.

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.
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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.

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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.

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.

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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