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.

Eco Tour Adventures Connects Visitors to R Park

Since June Eco Tour Adventures Owner and Lead Guide Taylor Phillips has led visitors on interpretive tours bringing R Park’s environment alive through observation and natural history interpretation.EcoTourAdventuresLogo

Rendezvous Park’s 40-acres of mixed vegetative cover ranges from wetlands to shrubs, cottonwoods and grasslands, providing habitat to an array of flora and fauna.

On behalf of Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, we invite you to join Eco Tour Adventures on August 14th or September 11th as Taylor tells stories of R Park’s many animal visitors,

Taylor Phillips Eco Toursays Park Director Elisabeth Rohrbach.

By reclaiming the former gravel pit and opening it to the public, the Jackson Hole Community and its visitors will be able to appreciate it’s natural features in perpetuity.

Eco Tour Adventures was created with the idea of helping people connect with the natural world through wildlife observation and natural history interpretation. We believe that when one is more familiar with the intricate workings of the ecosystem, he or she has a deeper appreciation and connection with their environment. With this stronger bond we believe folks will make more environmentally sound choices in their day to day lives.

Many thanks to Taylor and Eco Tour Adventures for enriching R Park with your knowledge!

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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.

Design renderings

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.

6th Graders Prepare R Park for the Summer

Chaminade volunteersThanks to a partnership with the Teton Science Schools (TSS), two groups of visiting students from Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis cleaned, raked, wheelbarrowed, sweat, laughed, picnicked, and more at R Park in late May.

With 15 volunteers helping two days, they completed a total of 40-hours of much-needed maintenance and improvements.

TSS group leader Anna Llyod said,

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“R Park is an awesome change for Teton Science Schools’ volunteer work. This project is close to the community and will directly benefit thousands of people in many ways.”

The boys made many improvements including:

  • built new and improved existing trails throughout the park
  • removed large fence-posts obstructing visitors’ and animals’ ability to navigate the area
  • smoothed the beach along the big pond

“Sometimes work is fun to do,”

stated Kyle Johnson proudly.

Chaminade volunteers lunchMark Scott said,

“R Park is going to be really cool when it’s finished. I liked moving the heavy cement blocks, fence-posts, and gravel for the trails.”

Thanks to the 30 students and leaders from Chaminade College Preparatory School and the Teton Science Schools for contributing to this community park!

If you’re interesting in volunteering at R Park we could use your contributions and have a number of opportunities. Please contact us at elisabeth@rpark.org.

Katrina Ryan joins R Park Advisory Board

Rendezvous Lands Conservancy welcomes long-time Jackson, Wyoming local, Katrina Ryan to the R Park Advisory Board.  She will join six Advisory Board members, who are dedicated to supporting, promoting, and advocating for Rendezvous Park, our community’s first privately owned public park.

Katrina was born a raised in Wyoming and has lived in Jackson since 1988.  She attended KatrinaRyanPorter’s School in Farmington Connecticut for high school and went on to the University of Colorado in Boulder to get a BA in Psychology.  She lived for five years in New York City where she worked for Zac Posen, Michael Kors and Tod’s in fashion Public Relations but returned West to Jackson in 2006 with her husband Brandon.  Since moving back they have had three kids and now own Aspen’s Market, Westside Wine and Spirits and Sudachi.  Katrina has been involved in the community since she was 16 volunteering at Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding and has since served six years in their board.  She had also served on the Grand Teton Music Festival board as the Wine Auction Chair, the Art Association Board, Porter’s Board, Raptor Center board, and her family foundation.

Welcome Katrina!

R Park is privately owned and managed by the Rendezvous Lands Conservancy.  For biographies of Rendezvous Lands Conservancy’s board of directors, visit here.

 

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.