JACKSON HOLE, WYO – For decades, Astoria Hot Springs was central to the cultural and recreational fabric of Jackson Hole. What oldtimer doesn’t have a story about learning to swim at the historic spot? The natural mineral soaking pools on the bank of the Snake River attracted residents and visitors until the late 1990s when the facility was closed to public access and the community lost one of its most-loved outdoor spaces.
This weekend, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) invites the community to come back to the springs for ‘Day on the Land,’ a celebration of the return of Astoria Hot Springs Park on Saturday, September 16 from 11am to 3pm. The public event will feature tours of the future park, family activities, yoga, music, and more. Food vendors will be on hand—so bring your appetite.
The celebration celebrates the progress on the $5 million campaign for Astoria Hot Springs Park to support the land protection, phase-one construction of the hot springs and facilities, completion of park design, and a stewardship fund for future park needs.
TPL has secured gifts from people of varying capacities—a clear indication that no matter their means, families are committed to this wonderful project.
“It is exciting to see the momentum building to bring back Astoria for our community after 20 years,” said Paige Byron, Wyoming associate director of philanthropy. “Not only will the new park offer an accessible, affordable, welcoming place to soak in the hot springs, the park will return public access to a gathering place, central to the cultural fabric of Jackson Hole for generations.”
Located 15 miles south of Jackson down the Snake River Canyon, Astoria Hot Springs was a popular recreational site for 40 years before it was closed to the public in 1999. TPL is continuing to work with residents to redesign and rebuild a new community park, centered around the mineral soaking pools. Ultimately, the 100-acre riverfront park will include hot soaking pools, a welcome center, trails, cultural gathering spaces, wildlife watching, fishing ponds and wetland enhancements.
This July, TPL received approval of their final development plans from county commissioners, after over two years of work to protect the property and redesign the new park. With DHM Design, The Trust for Public Land engaged over 2,000 locals in the design process, to ensure the new Astoria will reflect the needs and desires of local community members. Construction on the park will begin in 2018, once the campaign for Astoria Hot Springs Park is successfully completed.