JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 Astoria Hot Springs and Park officially opens for local residents on a reservation basis this Friday, following a multiphase project that returned the beloved hot springs to the community over twenty years after it closed. For information\u00a0on required proof of local residency, other COVID policies, and how to reserve\u00a0your time to soak, visit\u00a0astoriapark.org\/covid. The nearly 100-acre park is owned by Astoria Park Conservancy, a non-profit, donor-supported organization. To celebrate the opening, the Conservancy has announced a year-end challenge that will double all gifts of $100 or more through December 31, up to $35,000. Astoria Park Conservancy\u2019s mission is to connect the community through inspiring experiences in nature that improve livability, health and wellbeing. Even before the hot springs opened, the Conservancy began outreach with a bilingual virtual activities book for children. Later this fall, more virtual (and if possible in-person) education and wellness programs will enhance the experience of Astoria. Donor support allows the hot springs admissions to remain low for all residents at $14 for adults and $10 for children. Out of town visitors will pay higher admission prices, once the facility opens to all. The non-profit is committed to equity and ensuring that local residents from all walks of life have an opportunity to experience the hot springs. This fall, a pilot Access Fund program offered subsidized soaking vouchers to a small group of local residents and expanding this program next year is a top organizational priority. \u201cYour support for Astoria allows us to open safely to locals this year and ensures we are able to launch programs to elevate our community impact,\u201d said Paige Paige Byron Curry, Astoria Park Conservancy\u2019s Executive Director. \u201cWe are incredibly excited for our opening and what\u2019s to come, and we hope you\u2019ll join us in celebrating by making a gift today!\u201d Through December 31, gifts of $100 or more will be matched $1:$1 thanks to board donations and support from two anonymous donors, up to $35,000. Astoria Park Conservancy is participating in the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole\u2019s Old Bill\u2019s Fun Run philanthropic giving event that runs through September 18. Donations made to Astoria during Old Bill\u2019s will generate support for affordable public access to Astoria, as well as continued stewardship and educational and wellness programming.