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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R Park’s breathtaking views were almost lost, TWICE

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As an operating gravel-pit for many years, the now R Park property was off-limits to the public. In 2012 it would have remained private, but for a different reason.

Purchased by a developer, the 40-acres was to be subdivided into luxury homes.

Local conservation organizations purchased the property and the vision for R Park was born. The nonprofit Rendezvous Lands Conservancy was founded to own, reclaim, operate, and maintain this new community resource solely by donations.

Now families access the park via bikes and sit on the beach while their kids play in safe water or trek through snow on a sunny day for hours of sledding. Were it not for our FRIENDS dedication and commitment, R Park would be a very different place…not a park at all.

Make a gift today to show your appreciation and to further R Park’s transformation.

Land Trust Features R Park & Board Member

One of our founders, the Jackson Hole Land Trust, highlighted R Park in their Fall/Winter Open Lands 2014 Newsletter: Valley Visions. In doing so, they interviewed Land Trust supporters, most thoroughly, Scott Pierson, who’s been integral in R Park’s creation.  Pierson is a Land Trust board member, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy board member, and R Park Design Team leader.

“Scott’s favorite design features, the ‘knolls’ – an idea…that mimics the grassy buttes found across the valley. ‘The knolls turned out as a real plus, because they enable people to get above the flat valley floor, see the mountains and the river, and get a sense of the breadth and space of the whole park. People really enjoy them.'”

“Anna Sullivan, Land Trust board member, attended the R Park opening…’What an incredible resource for the community,’ said Anna…’It is a visionary effort by different groups that

Land Trust articlecollaborated to take advantage of a truly unique open space for the enjoyment of all ages…It is wonderful for my family to have R Park, which offers many activities we love, within biking distance of where we live.'”

The article concludes that

“In five years, Scott envisions that R Park will be coming into its own as a treasured community fixture. The native grasses will be tall, and trees planted this year will be well-established. There will be more wildlife using the park than now (and more than when the land was a gravel pit), as vegetation grows in to create more screened areas and sanctuaries.”

Many thanks to the Jackson Hole Land Trust – R Park wouldn’t exist were it not for your vision and dedication.

Opening Party, Quite the Celebration

On September 21st over 1,000 community members joined us in celebration of the immense progress in transforming the commercial gravel pit and welcoming the community to visit. The event incorporated interactive activities from many partners including the Jackson Hole Land Trust, the LOR Foundation, Jackson Hole Public Art, Snake River Fund, Teton Science Schools, and View22: Painting Jackson Hole’s Open Spaces.

The event was also in honor of the opening of the Snake River pedestrian bridge, a primary link in our communities’ pathway system, which has been years in the making through a partnership between Teton County, the Town of Jackson, Jackson Hole Community Pathways, and Friends of Pathways.

Thanks to all who joined in celebration and to our corporate sponsors Bistro Catering, Canvas Unlimited, Dust Cutter Beverage Co, Hughes Production, Jackson Hole POP! Fine Artisan Popcorn, the Liquor Store (TLS), Maddy and the Groove Spots, Rendezvous River Sports, Snake River Brewing Co., and WRKSHRT Digital.

Our local newspaper, the Jackson Hole News & Guide, covered the event here and view photos of the attendees here.

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.