Summer Solstice celebration in 2 mins

On June 20th millions of people across the world honor the beginning of summer, marked by the longest day of the year. Festivities are held each year at the annual R Park Solstice Celebration.

True to R Park’s Solstice style the evening included live music, local food and beverages, and lawn games. Unique to 2016, 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.

Get a taste of the celebration through this 2 minute video!

Laurie Andrews, RLC board chair and Land Trust executive director said,

R Park’s creation began with the Land Trust, yet it has matured on its own into a wonderful, natural community gathering place. It is the perfect hub to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

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, past 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, was projected in places of wonder, adding aural texture to the area’s natural sounds. And, the temporary installations resided in and decorated R Park throughout the summer.

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Rendezvous Park is possible Donate now buttonthanks to donations. Our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. Become a FRIEND OF R PARK to help us continue to serve the thousands who love this place. Please mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

For questions please contact Elisabeth Rohrbach at Elisabeth@rpark.org.

Join us for fun under the full moon

The next time you have aspirations to spend the evening of a full moon outside, join us at Rendezvous Park (R Park). Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, we are hosting a variety of events this spring, summer, and fall under the moonlit sky offering snowshoeing, biking, nocturnal wildlife walks, fly-fishing, and more. Wyoming Stargazing will join us with their giant Dobsonian Telescope that makes possible the viewing of the moon’s craters, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies!

Park’s history runs deep through the veins of the Jackson Hole community. Public input shaped the 40-acres to make it meaningful to the many vibrant and varying user groups and continues to do so. Results from our recent survey show that in addition to appreciating its natural surroundings, R Park visitors love attending its events. So mark your calendars for the following activities:

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Park Director Elisabeth Rohrbach said, “Rendezvous Park hosted over 8,000 visits in 2016 alone. We welcome our visitors to return and encourage those who have yet to visit, to join us!”

Additional summer events at Rendezvous Park include:

  • June 3 – Kids Fishing Day
  • June 17 – St. John’s Hospital Foundation’s Shirley’s Heart Run
  • June 20 – Summer Solstice Celebration
  • July 30 – Teton Food Tour with Slow Food in the Tetons and Friends of Pathways
  • August 21 – Total Solar Eclipse viewing with Wyoming Stargazing

full-moon-corporate-sponsorsSign up to receive monthly emails regarding our events and other updates – http://bit.ly/RParkeNews. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For questions please contact Elisabeth Rohrbach at Elisabeth@rpark.org.

Rendezvous Park is possible Donate now buttonthanks to donations. Our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. Become a FRIEND OF R PARK to help us continue to serve the thousands who love this place. Please mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21st, the Winter Solstice, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year, often considered the “extreme of winter.” Worldwide, interpretation of the event varies across cultures. Many come together to recognize rebirth involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals, and more.

In Jackson Hole, annual festivities are held at Rendezvous Park. Bring your family and friends anytime between from 5–8 pm. It will be a magical night not to miss! Please RSVP to Park Director Elisabeth Rohrbach at elisabeth@rpark.org or (307) 733-3913.

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This year, Cathedral Voices Choir will sing carols around a bonfire and Wyoming Stargazing will show you the planets up close with their telescopes. There will also be a special seasonal glow installation provided by Jackson Hole Public Art.

There will also be warm drinks, chili, and of course sledding!

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, RLC’s work is made possible Donate now buttonthanks to support and donations. It would be a pleasure to share more information about our work. Please contact us with any questions.

Donations can be made by check and sent via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or by credit card online. For up-to-date information visit our blog and sign-up for our monthly eNewsletter.

Nat’l Kids’ Fishing Day @ 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 2pmKFD boy.png.

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.

Cutthroat stocking photoThe 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

16.06.20 solstice posterOn 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.

See who else is celebrating via our Facebook event.

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PRESS RELEASE

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 4.01.15 PMAspens Market and New West KnifeWorks Host Dinner to Benefit R Park

(Wilson, Wyoming) February 22, 2016–Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, the owner and operator of Rendezvous Park (R Park), is pleased to announce an exclusive benefit dinner on Friday, March 11 at 7:30pm at the Aspens Market in Wilson.

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R Park is a 40-acre community hub that fosters nature, wildlife, creativity and recreation for people of all ages and backgrounds free of charge. Having provided the county an easement, R Park connects the West Bank and Jackson via the new Snake River Pedestrian Bridge and community pathways.

Hosted by the Aspens
Market and New West KnifeWorks tickets are $125 per person and include four locally inspired courses paired with fine wines. As the featured chef, Corey Milligan, founder and owner of New West KnifeWorks, will use his handcrafted, award-winning knives. Westside Wine & Spirits will provide an array of wines selected by Owner Katrina Ryan. Both Mr. Milligan and Mrs. Ryan serve as R Park Advisory Board members who have made R Park’s transformation from a gravel-pit possible.

Shaped by the community, this dinner is an example of the generosity that has made R Park possible and continues to support its completion and operations,

said Elisabeth Rohrbach, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy development and communications director.

Mike Reid, owner of Aspens Market, said

it’s a pleasure for us to put our venue to greater use, especially for events that support such ground-breaking community projects as R Park.

With only 28 seats available tickets to this intimate dinner will sell out quickly. Join us to support the community’s newest natural park. Tickets can be purchased by credit card or PayPal here or at the New West KnifeWorks store at 98 Center Street just off Town Square. You can also call 307.739.8325 to purchase tickets via credit card.

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 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 visit www.rpark.info.

 About the Aspens Market – Aspens Market is a locally owned and operated grocery store and deli in Jackson Hole. They offer delicious prepared food, an authentic butcher, fresh produce, and a wide assortment of grocery items to satisfy any kitchen or pantry. For more information, visit http://aspensmarket.com/.

About New West KnifeWorks – New West KnifeWorks was founded by Corey Milligan originally to design, develop, and produce knives for fine art and craft shows. From its inception, the goal has been not only to produce the finest quality knives in the world, but also to design these tools to be works of art that inspire excellence in food preparation and beautify the kitchen. Corey has had much success in this mission. The knives have been accepted at many of the nation’s top juried fine art shows and have won several awards. Furthermore, the knives have been featured in many of the nation’s top publications. For more information visit http://www.newwestknifeworks.com/.

SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for R Park’s 4th annual Summer Solstice Celebration like you’ve never seen before, featuring FoundSpace, a project of the Jackson Hole Land Trust in partnership with Jackson Hole Public Art.

R Park fosters nature, creativity and recreation for people of all ages and the celebration will do just that. FoundSpace is an interactive, community, public art project utilizing found objects gathered on properties that have been protected in perpetuity by Jackson Hole Land Trust conservation easements.

As the longest day of the year it is the beginning of summer and cause for celebration all over the world.

Music, refreshments, and other activities make it an event not to miss. Join us to enjoy the warm weather, cool pond, and breezy knoll! More information to come. To whet your palette, get a sense of past summer (and winter) Solstice celebrations.

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