Removing barriers for people of all abilities to explore the Apostle Islands is a core mission of the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Achieving that mission takes many forms and your donation can play an important role. We encourage all park lovers to “unleash your generosity” on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
Through grants and donations, the Friends are actively funding a new, universally accessible amphitheater to be installed next spring on Stockton Island. Materials for the boardwalk and platform build are now staged on the mainland, awaiting transport to Stockton. (The pandemic and logistics issues delayed construction, which had been anticipated to happen this summer.) Your Giving Tuesday investment can help fund the seating for this important project.
The Friends are now beginning to raise awareness and funds for a major accessibility project at Meyers Beach. The goal is to make it easier for people of all abilities to get to the beach and to transport their kayaks with much less effort. Conceptual work is now under way.
Options under consideration include a new, wider staircase and an ADA-compliant gradual path to the beach, which can accommodate both wheelchairs and kayak carts.
The Friends has also supported construction of an accessible viewing platform at Little Sand Bay on the mainland.
The Wilderness Accessibility Funds we raise with your help will help the National Park Service implement projects that would otherwise take decades to accomplish if park funding were the sole source of funding.
We thank you in advance for your investment in accessibility on Giving Tuesday, 2020 and look forward to seeing you in the park we love.