In December 2011, the Jackson Hole Land Trust and The LOR Foundation partnered to acquire three parcels at the crossroads of Jackson, Wilson, and Teton Village, and placed its ownership under the direction of a new nonprofit that they created together – the Rendezvous Lands Conservancy. This historic land deal has marked the beginning of a journey for the community of Jackson Hole and the partners and supporters of this project.
The 40-acre property is located on the banks of the Snake River near the northwest intersection of Wyoming Highway 22 and 390 – at the junction of Jackson, Wilson, and Teton Village. Located across from the popular Emily’s Pond recreational area, it currently contains the community-accessed Wilson boat launch and a portion of the Snake River levee system.
The Rendezvous Land Conservancy’s role is to administer, design, construct, develop, manage, and maintain a natural park for the use and enjoyment of Teton County, Wyoming residents and visitors.
The Design Team
We have contracted a locally based, internationally acclaimed design team led by Pierson Land Works LLC to guide the design and development of the future park land. Our design team includes:
- Pierson Land Works LLC
- Biota Research & Consulting Inc.
- Flitner Strategies
- Gilday Architects
- Harmony Design & Engineering
- Hood Design Studio
The Pierson Land Works team is tasked with the design and development of the park in two phases. The first phase will include plans for grading and water feature construction on the RLC land. The second phase will provide for passive recreational amenities such as trails, picnic areas, nature and wildlife viewing, gathering areas, a pathway bridge and pathway, and public art in a natural setting that complements the phase one activities. The park design process will work to seamlessly layer the site’s natural beauty and ecological function with its social use. The park will be open with limited access in late 2013, with the entire park opening in 2014.
Community input and collaboration with stakeholder groups and community members is an integral part of the vision for the park at River Springs. This spring, almost 500 community members participated in an online survey, in which they gave feedback about the park design and program. Additionally, the Rendezvous Lands Conservancy held two public workshops on May 3rd and 4th, 2012 at the Center for the Arts. During these workshops, park ideas and concepts were shared and attendees were encouraged to give feedback on initial concept drawings. Invitations were sent to over 30 specific stakeholders and throughout the community through email list-serves and advertising.
Please visit our Public Input page for more information about the survey, workshops, and design concepts, and visit our FAQs page for answers to the most frequently asked questions stemming from the public input process.