Astoria Park Conservancy launches during Old Bill’s Fun Run

August 28, 2018

Since 2013, local volunteers have been working with The Trust for Public Land, a national conservation organization, to create a new community gathering place known as Astoria Hot Springs Park. When construction of the hot springs facilities is complete, The Trust for Public Land will hand off the 98-acre park to a local non-profit entity known as Astoria Park Conservancy. Astoria Park Conservancy’s mission is “to steward Astoria Hot Springs Park in a financially and environmentally responsible manner that promotes broad public access, personal health and safety, and deeper connections between people and nature.”

Today, Astoria Park Conservancy announced the appointment of Paige Byron Curry as its first Executive Director to lead the organization through its transition to ownership of the park. During the transition period, Chris Deming, Senior Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land, will continue to oversee the design and construction of the hot springs improvements.

Astoria Park Conservancy’s Board Chair, Bill Schwartz, shared the following: “As we prepare to assume our stewardship responsibility for Astoria Hot Springs Park we wish to again thank The Trust for Public Land for its tremendous investment in this project and our community. We are excited that Paige Byron Curry, a Jackson Hole native who is leading the Campaign for Astoria on behalf of The Trust for Public Land for the last several years will now take on the role of Executive Director of Astoria Park Conservancy. No one has more passion for Astoria Hot Springs Park and what it will mean to this community than Paige. Her knowledge and skill will help ensure that we deliver on our mission.”

To date, the Campaign for Astoria has generated support from over 300 donors pledging $4.3 million. With just $1.7 million left to raise, construction is targeted to begin next spring, if the remaining funds needed can be raised by December 31st.

To help reach this goal, Astoria Park Conservancy is participating in Old Bill’s Fun Run, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land. “I am honored to assume a leadership role with Astoria Park Conservancy, and the timing couldn’t be better with Old Bill’s,” says Paige Byron Curry. “Thanks to the generosity of the Co-Challengers, you can really make a splash for Astoria this year. And remember, gifts of every size will help us reach our goal!”

About Astoria Park Conservancy
Astoria Park Conservancy was created in the Spring of 2018 and will be the long-term steward for Astoria Hot Springs Park. A board of community leaders, who are passionate about Astoria and deeply committed to the community, lead this local, non-profit organization. For more information about Astoria Park Conservancy, visit www.astoriahotspringspark.com.

About The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit www.tpl.org.