About Us

Recreation Masterplan Now vs. Future

We are helping to inform the public of different options to determine what the best path for improving and maintaining quality recreation in Teton County.

2023:

2022:

  • Basing our path forward on your input and we'll be transparent through the whole process
  • Conducted focus groups and surveys to understand what our community would like to see for organizational structures and are willing to support.
  • Established our website, sportsandwellness.org.
  • Advising the County on the Teton River Recreation Planning process
  • Recruited community advisors for our team.
  • Obtained our 501c3 status.

2021:

  • Formed as an Idaho corporation.
  • Evaluated sports, wellness, and recreation approaches in other Idaho counties.

See the Current Situation

In 2014 Teton County adopted the Teton County Recreation and Public Access Master Plan, and has since made impressive strides on elements of this plan. Examples include the establishment of Buxton Park and the development of the Teton County Waterways Recreation Ordinance.

However, we currently have a patchwork approach to recreation in Teton Valley with a mix of nonprofits providing structure only for their particular sport or recreation mission. There is no single organization providing cross-cutting coordination or support. As a result, organizations struggle to stabilize leadership and funding.

Additionally, most nonprofits specialize in one sport or area which can lead to user group conflict as groups compete with each other for limited resources, physical space, leadership, and funding.  There is limited funding at the county level to support a comprehensive implementation of the master recreation plan.

Our goal is to work to find practical solutions to these complex issues for a whole host of sports and wellness opportunities. We want a future in which recreational and wellness opportunities are easy to navigate and accessible to the whole community

An effort is underway to improve recreation Coordination • Facilities • Access

The 2014 Master Recreation Plan has divided recreation into three areas in Chapter 3:  Coordination, Facilities, and Access

Coordination to provide support for programming of youth and adult sports teams, strategic planning, and a central hub to learn about sports and recreational opportunities. Imagine sports teams having support to run leagues, coaches having the opportunity for professional development such as concussion training, and teams being able to book field space from one central resource. Imagine there were opportunities available to all community members, regardless of their financial circumstances. And imagine a resource to communicate key messages on trail rules and conditions to avoid user conflicts.

Facilities are the first priority with maintenance and needed upgrades- Take care of what we have! The second priority is to to accommodate community growth by executing long-term plans for facility expansions such as additional ball fields, a recreation center, and a shooting range.

Access is critical and providing easy-to-access public lands with sufficient parking at trailheads, bathrooms that are clean, and signage to help direct the public and prevent user conflicts are essential elements in the MRP and key for our community.