Where is R Park? R Park is located across the river from the Emily’s pond recreation area. It is north of the Wilson boat ramp access road and east of Highway 390.
To the south of the boat ramp access road along Highway 22 is a BLM-owned parcel. A transfer to Teton County for river access is planned for this parcel. This transfer process is underway. For more information, contact Teton County. To view a map please visit the Conceptual Master Plan.
What is the Rendezvous Lands Conservancy? Rendezvous Lands Conservancy (RLC) is a Wyoming nonprofit. It was created by the Jackson Hole Land Trust and The LOR Foundation, Inc. for the purpose of creating and maintaining a natural park along the Snake River in Teton County that is open to the public. As such, R Park is privately owned, operated and maintained by RLC.
Has RLC or R Park received SPET funding? No. All of the funding for R Park has been raised from private sources. The public SPET funding that was awarded to the Snake River Fund and Jackson Hole Community Pathways is allocated for Wilson boat launch, the surrounding area improvements and pathway construction. Pathway construction includes the pathway bridge and construction along Highway 22.
What is currently on the park property? Formerly, Evans Construction ran a commercial gravel operation on site, covering much of the interior portion of the park land with gravel storage mounds and fill. Their lease and a permit allowing them to continue to sell material from the site ended on August 31, 2012. Currently, site reclamation and preliminary earthwork for R Park is underway, and the park property will remain closed to the public during construction.
Will this park be open to the public? Yes. The vision for the park is to provide public access to a natural park setting on the banks of the Snake River for the use and enjoyment of Teton County, Wyoming residents and visitors.
What is a natural park? A natural park (often referred to as urban park in a city setting) is a protected piece of open land that provides green space for residents and visitors of a community. Natural parks are for the enjoyment of people, nature and wildlife to enhance a community. Typically, recreational amenities such as playing fields, playgrounds, or other organized sporting facilities are not found at natural parks.
What amenities are planned for the R Park? R Park will contain passive recreational amenities such as water features, walking trails, dog walking area, a pathway bridge and pathway. It may also include nature and wildlife viewing areas, picnic areas, gathering and event areas, and public art. All of this will be in a natural setting that allows for quiet use and enjoyment by the public and provides for use by native wildlife, including ungulate, bird and fish species.
What is the timeline for completion of R Park? The reclamation of the gravel pit began in fall 2012. This includes restoring the gravel mining operation to a more natural condition, including providing improved natural habitat. The majority of restoration work is planned to be completed by the end of 2013. The entire park is planed to open to the public in 2014.
What will happen to the boat ramp? R Park will not change the use of the current boat ramp. There is a public access easement across the portion of R Park that contains the Wilson boat ramp. This easement ensures continued public access and will not be affected by the park construction and use. A portion of the boat ramp access road may be realigned to provide safer traffic flow.
Will the pathway bridge land on the park property? RLC granted an easement to Teton County north of the boat access to allow for the bridge and pathway in a location that will not interfere with the boat ramp use. For more information regarding the pathway and bridge, contact Jackson Hole Community Pathways. For a map please visit the Conceptual Master Plan.
Will dogs be allowed at R Park? RLC is considering allowing limited access for dogs in the park. The location and activities involving dogs within the park are still being determined at this point.
Will R Park be open year-round? Yes. However, access may be limited during certain times of year, based on wildlife sensitivities and other priorities articulated by the public’s input.
Will commercial activities be allowed within R Park? No. Commercial activities will not be allowed within the park.
How are you addressing wildlife concerns? RLC has met with various wildlife groups, including Wyoming Game and Fish biologists, to help design the park and provide for wildlife habitat. RLC will continue to work with these organizations and stakeholders to address any concerns.
How can I access R Park? What is the deal with parking? Adequate parking will be provided to allow access to the park via private vehicle. Access can also be taken via the Snake River, pathways, roads and START bus. The current park design proposes parking for 25 cars (reduced from the 60-car parking originally proposed) in response to public input.
Who is designing R Park? A design team assembled by Pierson Land Works LLC, including Harmony Design & Engineering, Gilday Architects, Flitner Strategies, Biota Research & Consulting Inc., and Hood Design Studio (Oakland, CA) are accountable for designing the park based on public and owner input.
Has RLC reached out to the public and stakeholders for their input on park design and uses? Almost 500 community members have taken a public survey, in which they gave feedback about park design and program. Additionally, RLC held two public workshops May 2nd and 3rd, 2012 at the Center for the Arts. During these, park ideas and concepts were shared and attendees were encouraged to give feedback. Invitations were sent out to more than 30 specific stakeholders. This list includes: Friends of Pathways, Jackson Hole Land Trust, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, JH Community Pathways, JH Kayak Club, Snake River Fund, Board of County Commissioners, Teton County Planning Commission, Teton County Parks and Recreation, Jackson Town Council, US Army Corps of Engineers, WYDOT, Wyoming Game and Fish, Wilson Sewer District, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Teton Science School, Teton County School District #1, Teton Conservation District, START, Teton Raptor Center, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Jackson Hole Community School, Department of Environmental Quality, Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative, Center for the Arts. The park design is a result of public input provided through the survey, meetings and the community stakeholder workshops.
How was the name of the park selected? The name Rendezvous Park – or “R” Park for a shorter version was a result of an online naming contest, and announced at our June 20th, 2012 Solstice at the Park celebration.
What’s the status of the park? On August 31, 2012, the commercial gravel operations on site ended, and reclamation activities and preliminary earthwork for the new park began.
On September 11, 2012, the Teton County Board of Commissioners approved several land-use changes essential to the forward progress of Rendezvous Park. These changes now allow nonprofits to own property zoned as Parks and Open Space; re-zones the 40-acre park land to Parks and Open Space; and allows for the possibility of a caretaker’s residence to be built on-site.
Next up: The Board of Commissioners will be presented with a final Park Design and Use Management Plan for their consideration. Pending approval, the reclamation activities can be more closely dovetailed with grading and water feature construction for the new park, and the creation of the new park can officially begin.
I’m excited about the park. How can I get involved? If you are excited about R Park and want to get involved, please contact us about making a gift to the Rendezvous Lands Conservancy in support of Rendezvous “R” Park.
Thank you to all those who participated in our public input process this spring, attended the Solstice at the Park celebration on June 20th, 2012 at the R Park site, entered our Park Naming Contest, spoke with us at summer events, and contributed to the Rendezvous Lands Conservancy through Old Bill’s Fun Run.
Updated March 2013.