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Project: North 89 Multi-Use Pathway

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North 89 path open

The North 89 Pathway is located along the western side of the National Elk Refuge, north of the Town of Jackson, that runs parallel to US Highway 89. The Path connects the Town with Grand Teton National Park, and is a partnership between Teton County and the National Elk Refuge.

Completed September 2011, this new Teton County Pathway totals 6-miles from Town to the south boundary of Grand Teton National Park. The North 89 Pathway features a new pathway bridge nearly 300’ over the Gros Ventre River, and a safe underpass connection to the National Wildlife Art Museum.

The $4.8 million project was funded with $4 million in competitive federal grants secured by Teton County, and $850,000 in voter-approved SPET funds voted on in 2010.

The North 89 Pathway connects directly with the new Grand Teton National Park pathway under construction from the Gros Ventre River to Moose, to be completed spring, 2012. With both sections complete, the public will enjoy a continuous paved pathway from Jackson to Jenny Lake, a distance of over 20 miles.

Along the way visitors can enjoy a stop at the National Wildlife Art Museum and tour the Sculpture Trail, a new three quarter-mile outdoor art venue, designed by award-winning landscape architect, Walter Hood.  Overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the trail will feature nearly 30 permanent and temporary works of art. The Sculpture Trail is slated to open in September 2012. In addition, the underpass will be enhanced with a Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative partnership project, now underway.

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