Can I camp?

Overnight camping is not permitted in Rendezvous Park. This includes camping in tents, cars, or RVs. Rendezvous Park is a natural park, a protected piece of open land that provides green space for residents and visitors of a community. Their amenities are mostly that, natural, as opposed to playing fields, playgrounds, or other organized sporting facilities. There is no electricity or at this time, running water.

R Park is open to the public 7 days a week, year-round from daylight to dark. We ask that you uphold our visitor responsibilities to keep the park safe and welcoming.

R Park is owned by Donate now buttona nonprofit and made possible solely through support and donations. 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. Our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing.

USE OF THE PARK IS AT YOUR OWN RISK LAWS OF THE STATE OF WYOMING AND TETON COUNTY APPLY. For Information, questions or to report damage contact us and for emergencies call 911. We have the right to remove or expel anyone who chooses to not abide by the above responsibilities.

Contact us or visit ‘visitor responsibilities‘ to learn more. 

R Park Parking

The next time you’re on the Teton Village Road look for an eye-catchiScreen Shot 2016-02-02 at 10.34.48 AMng sign. Hanging from 21-feet tall timbers is Rendezvous Park’s main entrance.

Along the community pathway system, at 4270 River Springs Drive in Wilson, R Park is accessible by many alternative forms of transportation including by bike, cross-country skis, rollerblades, START Bus, boat via the Wilson Boat ramp, and more!

And, just past this towering sign, R Park has an accessible vehicle turnaround that leads to the heart of the park – the swimming pond. After kayaks and kids unload from the car, visitors can utilize the safe parking area that is surrounded by towering cottonwoods.

While we encourage alternative methods of transportation, if you choose to drive, we invite you to use one of our almost 30 parking  spots. High level map

 

As the park’s transformation from a gravel-pit continues, there will be a welcome plaza providing visitors with a sense of arrival and gathering place. Designed by Gilday Architects PC, the main kiosk, restrooms, and signage will help complete the community’s vision for what this once gravel-pit could become.

Made possible by generous support and donations from the community our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. To make our conservation work a reality, mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.Donate now button

 

 

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.

Welcome kiosk moving forward

The Rendezvous Lands Conservancy Board of Directors approved R Park’s welcome kiosk design and has put its construction to bid.

Created by Gilday Architects, a member of our  locally based, acclaimed design team, the rendering reflects R Park’s overall design concept of seamlessly layering the area’s natural beauty and ecological function with social use,

said Rendezvous Lands Conservancy Executive Director Steve Foster.

We are working to have this visitor amenity built this fall or next spring, dependent on funding capacity.

This will move the Park into its second phase of development. The first phase focused on the gravel pit’s reclamation including grading, site development, and water feature construction. This second phase will include 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 possibly solely by generous donations, we hope you’ll make a gift to help offer visitors a comfortable place to sit and gather.

Final Development Plan Approved

On August 5th we reached a significant right of passage when the Teton County Board of County Commissioners approved R Park’s Final Development Plan. In doing so, many of the specifics regarding management and programming were determined.

We secured approval in great part thanks to the overwhelming community and partner support. Of the tens and tens of letters of support and public comment shared at the meeting, the following points were commonly shared. Rendezvous Park will benefit the community in many ways, specifically:

R Park team & its supporters

  • Offer 40 acres of natural land, in a central location, for the community’s enjoyment for FREE.
  • The pedestrian bridge over the Snake River, and pathway section through the park will bring to fruition one of the key and critical missing links in this valley’s supported pathway system.
  • Provide the community a safe place for children to access water (in the form of 3 ponds and small rivers connecting them).
  • The community can now enjoy a rehabilitated and previously inaccessible area in a sustainable and context-sensitive way.
  • Be maintained (as it was purchased, designed, and constructed) through private funding.

R Park is truly for, shaped by, and supported by the community. Cheers!

Jackson Hole Land Trust Board President Endorses R Park

To bring awareness and support for Rendezvous ParkRendezvous Park a unique opportunity the Jackson Hole Land Trust Board President Fred Staehr wrote an article in our local Jackson Hole News and Guide newspaper. “Rendezvous Park a unique opportunity” explains the Land Trust’s motivations for protecting the once gravel pit. The article was published just days before the Teton County Board of Commissioners will meet to assess the park’s Final Development Plan.

Staehr explained that “Every step of the way we have been encouraged by community members and partner organizations that have shared this vision with us.” His conclusion highlights the very reason the project began.

“This new park is something to be celebrated. Providing the community and young families with this opportunity to get out on the park land and experience nature and the outdoors is a powerful way to foster a sense of stewardship and conservation ethic in the next generation.”

We thank the Jackson Hole Land Trust for your vision and persistence to protect the former commercial gravel pit that will soon be fully reclaimed and transformed into a 40-acre natural park for the enjoyment of the community and its visitors.

R Park Plan Goes Before Planning Commission

This Monday, June 23rd Rendezvous Park’s Final Development Plan will be assessed by the Teton County Planning Commission, which will influence

The Jackson Hole Daily featured this anticipated meeting on their front page in “River park faces review.” They provided an overview of Rendezvous Park and interviewed the new Managing Park Director, Elisabeth Rohrbach, who stated,

“Every day it looks different…It’s a park for the community, shaped by the community and supported by the community.”

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We hope you’ll join us at 6pm at the Teton County Administration Building tonight to learn more about the park and to share your enthusiasm!

County Approves Land Use Changes for R Park

JH News & Guide article, September 12th, 2012

We are pleased to announce that the Teton County Board of Commissioners has approved land-use changes essential to the forward progress of Rendezvous Park. These changes now allow non-profits such as the Rendezvous Lands Conservancy to own property zoned as Parks and Open Space; rezones the 40-acre park land from Single Family to Parks and Open Space; and allows for a detached single-family residence within the Parks and Open Space zoning district (to allow for a caretaker’s residence on-site).

Next up: the park design and management plan go before the Board of Commissioners for approval.

Public Input Open House

A core priority for R Park is to be a park embraced by the community. In order to ensure it’s utilized and appreciated by neighbors near and far, we are seeking your input.

Please attend our open house May 24th from 5:30 to 8:00pm. Our locally based, internationally acclaimed design team will present a plan for the park at the Snake River/WY-22 Bridge intersection. The event will take place in the Snow King Center Lodge Room.

Led by Pierson Land Works LLC, our design team consists of Biota Research & Consulting Inc., Flitner Strategies, Gilday Architects, Harmony Design & Engineering, and Hood Design Studio. We are very excited to hear your thoughts!

Public Input Process

Rendezvous Lands Conservancy (RLC) announced today that the public input process for a new community park being planned along the Snake River near Wilson has garnered comments and interest from over 500 members of the local community.

Active engagement with the public throughout the design concept phase has been a
top priority for RLC since the land for the new park was secured in December 2011. Nearly 500 community members completed an online survey to gauge interest for the park, identify key features, anticipate user groups, and provide an opportunity for comments. To solicit more in-depth feedback, RLC hosted a series of public meetings at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts on Wednesday, May 2nd and Thursday, May 3rd, during which they sought public input on the proposed riverside park.

The meetings were led by the locally-based design team selected to plan the park – composed of lead firm Pierson Land Works LLC, Biota Research & Consulting Inc., Flitner Strategies, Gilday Architects, Harmony Design & Engineering, and the Oakland, California-based Hood Design Studio. Stakeholder sessions were held each day, with over thirty stakeholders
participating, including Friends of Pathways, Jackson Hole Land Trust, Jackson Hole
Mountain Resort, Jackson Hole Community Pathways, Jackson Hole Kayak Club, Snake River Fund, Teton County Board of County Commissioners, Teton County Planning Commission, Teton County Parks and Recreation, Jackson Town Council, Wyoming Game and Fish, Wilson Sewer District, Trout Unlimited, Teton Conservation District, START, Teton Raptor Center, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative, and the Center for the Arts. Comments were also received prior to these sessions from other stakeholders including WYDOT, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Ducks Unlimited.

“We were impressed by the commitment of the stakeholder groups that showed up in support of the park, and grateful for their constructive insight from different perspectives,”

said Laurie Andrews, RLC board member and executive director of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. In addition to the stakeholder sessions, two public workshops were held in an openhouse format that invited the public to comment, learn more about the park site, and contemplate proposed park design concepts. After considering the breadth of comments received during the in-person meetings and online survey, the design team crafted three intentionally unique concepts on Thursday afternoon, presenting and discussing these concepts at the Thursday evening workshop.

The design team is now tasked with developing a cohesive park concept that represents a blend of the three initial concepts along with the public and stakeholder input received. On Thursday, May 24th, RLC will host another open house, at which time this new design concept
will be presented. Additional comments on the design can be made at this meeting. The final design and official park name (to be determined by a naming contest held this month) will be featured at a free community event, Solstice at the Park, on Wednesday, June 20th at the RLC Park Land.

This press release is available here and the Jackson Hole Daily article from May 14, 2012, is available here.