JACKSON HOLE, WYO– Astoria Park Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land today announced the completion of the $6 million fundraising campaign for the Astoria Hot Springs Park. The campaign engaged more than 500 generous donors, and was completed by additional support from Snake River Sporting Club in January, bringing the Club’s total campaign giving to just over $1.1 million.
“Snake River Sporting Club is pleased to continue to support the community’s vision for Astoria Hot Springs Park,” said Christopher Swann, president of Cygnus Capital, “Since 2012, we’ve worked closely with The Trust for Public Land to restore the community park and we look forward to seeing the construction begin this spring.”
Astoria has been a multi-phase project, beginning in 2012 with The Trust for Public Land’s efforts to regain public access to the hot springs and surrounding area. In 2016, The Trust for Public Land purchased the park site and in 2018 helped to establish the Astoria Park Conservancy as the local group that will steward the park into the future. Now with funds secured, the two organizations can begin construction of the first phase of the hot springs, which has been designed with extensive input from the community.
Chris Deming, Senior Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land, said, “The Trust for Public Land has been inspired by the support for Astoria from the Jackson community. We are grateful for the broad range of gifts received from the hundreds of grassroots donations to the leadership support of Snake River Sporting Club. It’s inspiring that so many residents believe in the vision for this park.”
And so many community members chimed in. More than 2,000 people submitted ideas for the park, which will include hot soaking pools, a leisure pool, a children’s pool, lawns, picnic space and hammock setups. Future plans call for an adjacent 98-acre park with walking trails, multiuse pathways, playground areas, and additional events and visitor facilities.
The Trust for Public Land will lead the phase-one construction effort, which is planned to break ground at the Karen Oatey Pole Pedal Paddle on March 23, a Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club race that concludes at Astoria. Once complete, The Trust for Public Land will gift the park to the Astoria Park Conservancy, which will continue to seek community support and input for creating future park elements and partnerships.
Paige Byron Curry, who was appointed as Executive Director for Astoria Park Conservancy last September, is ready to take the park to ribbon cutting and beyond.
“We look forward to celebrating with our supporters and the larger community at our ground breaking this March. Astoria will offer residents an affordable and welcoming close-to-home park, and we are excited to continue the legacy of the campaign well into the future, ensuring the community’s vision for Astoria is fully realized,” Byron Curry said. “We share our sincere gratitude for the generosity of The Trust for Public Land, Snake River Sporting Club, the Lea Charitable Trust, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, and the many other donors who have supported Astoria.”