R Park unveils new facilities

WILSON, Wyo. — Five years after its official public opening, Rendezvous ‘R’ Park has fulfilled its original vision.

Rendezvous ‘R’ Park unveiled its new facilities and amenities Friday, Sept. 27. It was a beautiful fall celebration complete with lunch from Sagebrush Grille, live music from The Minor Keys, and guest speakers.

The new amenities include a welcome structure where R Park staff can greet visitors and answer questions, offer tours, and provide space and shelter for registered groups. There is also a new caretaker’s unit, which will house an on-site ambassador to monitor the park year-round and during closed hours.

“Since before we even opened R Park to the public five years ago, it’s always been the plan to provide the community with the most functional and friendly version of R Park. We are excited about the expanded amenities that will enhance the visitor’s experience and give our team more of a presence at and connection to the park,“ said Jenny Wolfrom, director of advancement & engagement for Jackson Hole Land Trust. “Thanks to the LOR Foundation and the design and construction partners who have been instrumental in completing the community’s vision of the park.” 

The building was designed by GYDE Architects, who worked closely with JHLT over the years to bring their dream to life.

“As an integral part of a collaborative and diverse team, this has been an exciting project for GYDE Architects,” the team said in a statement. “We have been able to have an effect during every step of the process, starting from the master plan. This team successfully created a consistent and playful language that compliments the natural environment, which is experienced throughout the park in every aspect from signage to siting and architecture. Congratulations to R Park – may this treasure be enjoyed by the community!”

Designer Peg Gilday (GYDE Architects), County Commissioner Natalia Macker, Laurie Andrews, and Jr Rodriguez cut the ribbon at R Park Friday afternoon. Photo: Buckrail // Sarah Averill

Friday’s celebration also showcased the first exhibit cycle for the 2019 Slide into R Park program. Funded by grants from the Center of Wonder and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, the photo program aims to empower the bilingual youth of Jackson by utilizing R Park to develop visual storytelling skills with onsite photography lessons connecting storytelling and conservation of open spaces. 

“Photography and conservation have a symbiosis that’s not accessible to everyone,” said Jr Rodriguez, community conservation manager/R Park director for JHLT. “R Park’s reclamation story and its current natural splendor provide ample opportunity to develop storytelling skills. Thanks to community partners, we were able to remove many barriers to entry by providing cameras, a photo lab, and a bilingual instructor.” 

R Park provides 40 acres of space for people of all ages to recreate and interact with nature. Tucked away on the corner of Highway 22 and 390, the park offers water, land, and space on private land for public benefit.

Photos: Buckrail // Sarah Averill

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