Block party: Community rallies to preserve history, greenspace

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – They did it! You did it!

The Jackson Hole Land Trust announced they met funding goals for the “Save the Block” campaign that will protect community greenspace and the historic character of the beloved Genevieve Block in downtown Jackson.

The good news was greeted with an uproar from a crowd of about 500 Sunday afternoon at the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s (JHLT) Annual Picnic at Snake River Ranch. Prosecco popped as JHLT President Laurie Andrews announced the much-anticipated news that the organization had met the $7 million fundraising goal for the Save the Block project thanks to more than 5,500 individual gifts.

The campaign to protect and preserve the block that is currently home to Café Genevieve, Persephone Bakery Café, and Health Being Juicery began back in mid-April 2019. With JHLT acting as the lead fundraising organization for the project, support was rallied from community members, businesses, and partner nonprofits around the protection of a historic greenspace in downtown Jackson.

“The significance of the Save the Block project is off the charts for the Land Trust because of its relevance among the community and its accessibility to all,” said Jason Snider, JHLT board chair. “We’ve focused on this project deeply for months because it represents a unique and timely opportunity, in line with our recent strategic planning, and could not ignore the impact our role could have in saving such a unique and treasured community space. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our project partners and committed supporters who have seen this important project through.”

Project closing date is set for August 14, the same day of the celebratory fourth installment of the Summer Concert Series on the greenspace with music from the Town of Jackson’s Mayor Pete Muldoon, joined by Brent Moyer, Phil Round, and special guest Wendy Colonna. The concert is open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to join in the celebration of the community solution completion.

“We are thrilled by the incredible success of each challenge, the enthusiastic messages and stories we have received from supporters, and the impact that each dollar made, all which led us to this exhilarating moment,” JHLT President Laurie Andrews said. “The Land Trust is forever grateful for the backing of our community, for believing in the benefits of an activated ‘urban’ greenspace, and for honoring our town’s history. This campaign has been a shining representation of the Jackson community that we all know and love.”

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