Event to Highlight America's Great Outdoors & Phase II Pathway
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and her staff invite the public to a special community event on Thursday, August 9, 2012 to celebrate a national initiative called America's Great Outdoors (AGO) and mark completion of the park's Phase II pathway segment that adjoins with a Jackson Hole Community Pathway leg originating in Jackson, Wyoming. The event will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the old Moose Visitor Center and park headquarters on the Teton Park Road, 12.5 miles north of Jackson.
Several guest speakers will participate and offer remarks to highlight this special occasion. Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott will welcome the audience and serve as emcee. Jackson Mayor Mark Barron and Teton County Commissioners Hank Phibbs and Paul Vogelheim will provide comments about local pathway projects and partnerships, followed by other esteemed speakers from the Department of Transportation and Department of the Interior.
At the conclusion of the special event, participants will take a short ceremonial ride or walk along the new pathway from park headquarters to the Sleeping Indian turnout on Highway 26/89/191. Dress is "bike/walk casual" and the event is open to individuals and families alike.
Festivities will begin with morning refreshments graciously provided by the Friends of Pathways, a community pathway advocacy group based in Jackson Hole.
The AGO initiative was launched in 2010 to develop a 21st century approach to conservation with a recreation emphasis, and the Secretaries of the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture, with support from other federal managers such as Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, took the lead in developing a broad outreach program. As part of this new initiative, Interior Secretary Salazar selected Grand Teton National Park's Phase II Pathway-among other efforts-as a signature project that met the overarching goal of the AGO with its premise that lasting conservation solutions should rise from the American people and protection of our natural heritage is a non-partisan objective shared by all U.S. citizens.
The celebration of Phase II pathway in Grand Teton National Park brings the AGO vision to Jackson Hole and celebrates the collective local efforts toward alternative transportation projects in the park and neighboring federal and county lands.