Rendezvous Park is changing as rapidly as the seasons. In addition to reading this bi-monthly construction update, stop by the park to look over the new additions. Since acquiring the property in 2011, the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) and the LOR Foundation have helped perform reclamation and groundwork on the plot of land we now call R Park transforming it into a community and wildlife oasis.
Thanks to the LOR Foundation we’ve been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible. All park improvements are made possible by the $1.7 million grant awarded to Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) by the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. We are thankful to be able to continue reclamation of these 40 acres of open space for all to enjoy. Find out more about our ongoing construction and reclamation by reading below.
What’s happening this week?
Our dedicated and knowledgeable construction team is currently knee deep in the main R Park pond working towards the completion of a stone pathway connecting the south-east corner of R Park to the Snake River levee. The boulders being used to complete this pathway are massive, making the process of placing them in the pond intensive. The process includes the draining of the pond, which is why the water level may appear much lower than usual upon your visit to R Park during this particular part of our construction phase. The boulder placement also involves the use of heavy machinery, so please exercise caution in the area. Thanks to favorable conditions, the project is rapidly moving forward, and we highly encourage you to go take a peek at R Park’s newest amenity! Once completed, the pathway will feature small gaps between each rock extending to the levee, creating the perfect adventure trail for visitors. During the summer months, hop along the boulders or fish from them for a spectacular view of the Teton range. During the winter, safely traverse from rock to rock to observe the frozen pond and neighboring wetlands from a safe distance.
As you enter R Park, you will see our most noticeable new amenity: a Welcome Kiosk. The Welcome Kiosk, designed by GYDE Architects, will offer coverage from fall and winter storms. Although mostly complete, the Kiosk is awaiting the installation of signage including a comprehensive R Park Map that will offer trail and usage information to visitors. The area surrounding the Welcome Kiosk is part of a larger welcome pavilion area that will include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area. Please stop by the kiosk to view the on-going construction, but exercise caution around the area.
For updates or questions
As we embark on these next two years, we aim to educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.
Be “R” Ambassador
As we move forward with construction and reclamation of the property, we are always in need of helpful volunteers to guide visitors and act as ambassadors for the patrons of R Park. If you’re interested in volunteering please click here.