Nat’l Kids’ Fishing Day at R Park

Kids up to 13 year old are invited to “get hooked on fishing” at the 26th annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, June 4. Hosted by Wyoming Game and Fish, FREE activities will take place, for the first time, at Rendezvous Park (R Park) in Wilson from 10:30am to 2pm.

Thanks to philanthropic support, the once gravel-pit is being reclaimed into a natural park for the community to enjoy for free. The pit’s main quarry has been transformed into a 450-foot long pond that is fed by the Snake River and then flows into an additional pond.

Jackson Fish Biologist Tracy Stephens said,

A lack of vegetation along the main pond’s edge makes it ideal for beginning anglers who want to test a fly rod.

The pond will be stocked with hundreds of Snake River cutthroat trout and there will be an array of educational activities including:

  • Hands-on pond stocking and fish dissection with biologists to determine their sex.
  • Knot tying, baiting, casting, handling, and cleaning.
  • Identifying different types of fish, their food (aquatic insects), stream habitat, and invasive species.
  • Each child will receive a personalized certificate a goody bag.

R Park is a gathering place for people of all ages to enjoy and appreciate nature. Hosting this longtime event that brings families together and keeps alive a pastime deeply rooted in our country’s history embodies what R Park is all about,

said Hal Hutchinson, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy board member.

The 40-acre park is owned, operated, and maintained by the nonprofit, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy. Located at 4270 River Springs Drive in Wilson, at the intersection of Highway 22 and the Teton-Village Road. We recommend you use alternative forms of transportation to attend, such as START Bus or the community pathway system.

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2016 Summer Solstice

On 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.

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