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.

Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21st, the Winter Solstice, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year, often considered the “extreme of winter.” Worldwide, interpretation of the event varies across cultures. Many come together to recognize rebirth involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals, and more.

In Jackson Hole, annual festivities are held at Rendezvous Park. Bring your family and friends anytime between from 5–8 pm. It will be a magical night not to miss! Please RSVP to Park Director Elisabeth Rohrbach at elisabeth@rpark.org or (307) 733-3913.

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This year, Cathedral Voices Choir will sing carols around a bonfire and Wyoming Stargazing will show you the planets up close with their telescopes. There will also be a special seasonal glow installation provided by Jackson Hole Public Art.

There will also be warm drinks, chili, and of course sledding!

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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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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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Welcome Winter at R Park

Winter Solstice  marks the onset of winter and is celebrated across the world. Rendezvous Lands Conservancy invites you to join hundreds of community members in welcoming winter at R Park on Sunday, December 20th.

Special partners, Jackson Hole Public Art will provide an interactive art experience complete with hundreds of ice luminaries. Wyoming Stargazing will have a giant telescope to view planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and more! There will be sledding, caroling, cookies, and our signature apple cider cocktail also.

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Stop by anytime between 4-6:30pm to enjoy the winter wonderland. It will be a magical night not to miss!

Please access R Park from the MAIN ENTRANCE — at the soon-to-be-built, large, cairn-like entrance sign on the Teton Village Road, just across from the Stilson parking lot. Parking is provided and the bonfire will be nearby.

Don’t forget your sleds!

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People of all ages celebrate 2015’s Summer Solstice

BikesAs the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice marks the beginning of summer and is a cause for celebration all over the world.  R Park hosted hundreds of community members to enjoy the warm weather, cool pond, and breezy knoll.

Complete with music by The Minor Keys, food from the Aspen’s Market, refreshments from Snake River Brewing and Dust Cutter, lawn games from Teton County Parks and Recreation the evening was magical and will be an annual celebration.

R Park’s preliminary design renderings for the plaza, entrance kiosks, and other amenities were displayed by representatives from Pierson Lands Works and Gilday Architects PC.

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Mark your calendars for R Park’s 2nd annual Winter Solstice Celebration on Sunday, December 20th.  Sign-up to receive announcements of this and other events and park happenings and become a ‘Friend of R Park.’

Pond and sailboat Knoll flag backlit Meadow w guests Pond at pond level

R Park Celebrates 3rd Annual Summer Solstice

As the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice marks the onset of summer and is a cause for celebration all over the world.2015 Summer Solstice

 

Directions  R Park is centrally located at the nexus of Jackson, Wilson, and Teton Village in Wyoming. It sits along the Snake River’s west bank, across from the Emily’s Pond recreation area. Just north of the Wilson boat ramp access road and east of Highway 390/Moose-Wilson Road.

Its location is unique in that the park is accessible by START and our community pathway system via the Snake River pedestrian bridge and WY-390 underpass. Limited parking is provided as well.

Biweekly summer R Park Tours

Rendezvous Lands Conservancy will host biweekly tours offering the community an opportunity to enjoy R Park and learn about its history, mission, and features.

“Along with the Snake River Pedestrian Bridge’s completion, landing on R Park’s southeastern corner, we opened R Park’s “doors” just last September. This will be its first summer open to the public and we welcome the community with open arms,”

said Elisabeth Rohrbach, R Park’s managing director.R Park Biweekly Tours

From June through September on Tuesdays at noon and Fridays at 4pm all are invited to explore R Park’s diverse amenities spanning the 40-acres. Tours will incorporate special guests including the Snake River Fund’s Program Director, Teton Plein Air painters, the Cougar Fund specialists, EcoTour Adventures guides, and more. Tours will meet at R Park’s big knoll with the flag on top.

Additional summer events include:

  • June – September Fridays 9pm – Wyoming Stargazing viewing in R Park’s meadow
  • June 2nd 9am to 2pm – Teton Plein Air Painters demonstrations
  • June 18th 5pm to 8pm – R Park’s third annual Summer Solstice Celebration

Rendezvous Lands Conservancy Executive Director Steve Foster said,

“We are thrilled to see how R Park is already embraced by the community⎯ it offers a great natural setting for families and friends alike to enjoy.”

We hope you’ll join us – directions. For questions please contact Elisabeth Rohrbach at Elisabeth@rpark.org.

1st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

On the evening before the shortest day of the year, R Park hosted it’s first annual celebration of the Winter Solstice. The event also marked R Park’s first ‘Friends of R Park’ event.  Our founders, supporters, and volunteers gathered to enjoy winter festivities at our new community park. Complete with multiple bonfires, a packed sledding hill, gingerbread cookies, apple cider, and even caroling, the party was festive and fun.

The evening was magical and will be an annual celebration.

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R Park — Open this Winter

This winter season (2014 – 2015) marks the first winter in which Rendezvous park is open to the public. The Rendezvous Lands Conservancy team is eager to see how the community might embrace this new, outdoor resource.

It’s become clear, through personal stories and many social media posts that sledding at R Park is the new “it” activity. Eight year-old Wilson resident, Bradford King, said,

“You should go sledding at R Park because it is pretty steep and you can get lots of speed. There is a flat at the end so you can lose all your speed safely. I would suggest you go in the afternoon because tracks are already made. You can just find a track and get going.”

With the Grand Knoll standing 25 feet high and a walking trail that spins around to the top, there is not only steepness for speed, but also the perfect lip to get some air.  As Bradford mentioned, the “meadow” provides a large, flat area to come to a safe stop.

So, before spring arrives, make sure to visit R Park so you can have as much fun as these kids AND adults.  Please note that sleds are not provided, so you should bring your own.