Snake River Corridor Improvement Project
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 9:11am
As the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department continues to move forward with the BLM Land transfer of various parcels throughout the Snake River Corridor, information regarding usage, timelines and planning will be available for review online.
For more information or to give comments, please contact Steve Ashworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: 8.20.2013 - Grant from Wyoming Game & Fish Received
Teton County is pleased to announce that on August 20th the Board of County Commissioners accepted a grant from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in the amount of $584,554.00 for the phase one development of the BLM Parcel #26, South Park Bridge Boat Access. Funds will be used to develop the site to provide critical recreational river and swimming access at the South Park Bridge, as well as provide boating and traffic safety enhancements by allowing the potential closing of the Von Gontard’s Landing on the north side of the Snake River.
In 2010, voters approved a SPET initiative to fund planning and analysis of five BLM parcels, and facilitate an application to transfer ownership from BLM to Teton County. Over the last year Teton County staff, with the help of the Snake River Fund, has conducted environmental and cultural studies, along with extensive community use research. From this work Teton County has created a site plan that incorporates the entire eastern section of the parcel along with river bank improvements on the western section. In addition, the plan provides for necessary site amenities to include parking, pedestrian circulation, restroom and trash facilities, as well as landscaping. Teton County’s goal is to finalize its planning and the land transfer application process by the end of this month.
Steve Ashworth, Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Director, commented, “The Wyoming Game & Fish Department grant enables us to move from planning into development of the site for the benefit of all river users. This development will allow the county to ensure safe recreational river access in an environmentally sustainable manner. Teton County is planning to secure bids for phase one development this fall, as well as complete some preliminary site surveying, with the hopes of being ready to break ground in spring of 2014.”
The phase one development is supported by future phases to include upstream recreational whitewater features, bank terracing and public gathering/spectator areas, and the Wilson Boat launch and recreational beach as demonstrated in the Snake River Corridor Improvement Plan.
This project is being supported through community donations and a voter approved Specific Purpose Excise Tax in addition to the generous support of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
The proposed site plan for the South Park Bridge Boat and Recreational Access can be viewed here.