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.
Volunteers shovel beach

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.

Donate now buttonOwned and operated by a nonprofit, Rendezvous Park is possible
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.

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.

Maintenance tools needed

R Park’s transformation from a commercial gravel-pit into a natural park has resulted in the desolate acres of rocks becoming meadows, beaches, trails, and more. Coupled with regular visitation,  maintenance is required to keep the park welcoming.

In order to do so, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy needs the following long-lasting equipment or gifts totaling $1,200, in order to purchase the tools.cartoon-tool-icon-18505412

Specifically:

  • Chainsaw
  • Shovels – pointed (2), flat (2), scoop (2), and snow (2)
  • Rakes – steel (2) and leaf (2)
  • Small tree saw
  • Polaski
  • Large limb clippers
  • Weed trimmer
  • Portable battery power tools

Please contact us if you’d like to contribute to keeping R Park clean and welcoming.

R Park opened to the public in the fall of 2014 and is already a valued community-gathering place. Families visit every day and over 200 kids have recreated in the park as part of a formal camp program in just three months.

DonateNowGifts can be made by credit card at http://bit.ly/RParkdonate.  Mail checks via USPS to: Rendezvous Lands Conservancy | PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002

Plant your own Cottonwood Tree

Cottonwoods are one of the most important trees in the western United States. Cottonwood as bird habitatThey are valuable to a myriad of wildlife – providing moose secure winter habitat, food, and cover, as well as excellent nest platforms for predatory birds including eagles and ospreys.

As a commercial gravel pit, the flora was decimated, as can be seen in this aerial photo from 2012.2012 R Park Aerial In restoring the 40-acres back to a natural state, we have planted 100 Cottonwood trees and need your help to plant 150 more.

With a gift of $400 we will plant a Cottonwood tree that in time will grow to between 65 to 150 feet tall and may live up to 150 years. Or partially fund a Cottonwood with a gift of any amount.

Cottonwoods not only provide habitat for animals and shade for visitors, but are also a source of inspiration for artists, especially in the fall when their foliage turns gold, orange, and yellow.

Make a gift today and be part of R Park’s long-lasting and immensely valuable Cottonwood grove. They’re the perfect gift for a loved-one who will receive a letter sharing its significance.

Gifts can be made by credit card or check (mailed via USPS to Rendezvous Lands Conservancy | PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002).

You can also give through the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole’s Old Bill’s Fun Run through September 18th and a percentage of donations will be matched by generous Co-Challengers.