Kwik Trip supports Access for All with generous contribution

Navigating Meyers Beach now

September 15, 2023

Friends of the Apostle Islands recently received major new support for its Access for All initiative through a partnership with Kwik Trip.

“Kwik Trip is very proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Friends of the Apostle Islands and specifically the Access for All Initiative,” says John McHugh, Kwik Trip’s Vice President of External Relations. McHugh saw firsthand the progress made so far in making the park more accessible to people of all abilities during an accessibility tour of Stockton Island this summer.

Friends Executive Director Jeff Rennicke talks with John McHugh

Friends Executive Director Jeff Rennicke discusses accessibility goals with John McHugh

Accessibility tour group photo

Access for All supporters on an educational tour of Stockton Island this summer

“The Apostle Islands are a national treasure and anything we can do to help everyone experience the incredible, majestic beauty is important for us at Kwik Trip.”

John McHugh

Vice President of External Relations, Kwik Trip

The Access for All initiative is an effort to support accessibility projects throughout the park aimed at making the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore more welcoming for everyone. “National parks belong to all of us,” says Jeff Rennicke, Executive Director of Friends. “If that is true, it must include the one in five Americans who have mobility challenges, those with vision and hearing concerns, even cognitive issues. Access for All offers support for the National Park Service as we strive to make sure our park truly does welcome everyone.”

Meyers Beach Ramp Plan - NPS

The keystone project of Access for All currently is an effort to replace the steep 45 step stairway access at the popular Meyers Beach area of the park with a 520-foot 3% grade accessible ramp featuring an overlook and kayak rail. That project recently cleared a major hurdle with the publication of the Final Environmental Assessment study conducted by the National Park Service. Friends is working hard to raise $325,000 for this major project.

Navigating the current Meyers Beach stairs

The current Meyers Beach stairs will be replaced by a ramp making it much easier to access the gateway beach to the mainland sea caves – Jeff Rennicke photo

Other projects include the recently completed accessible amphitheater on Stockton Island, a redesign of Friend’s website to include state of the art accessibility features earning it a AA-rating, an ongoing boardwalk project on Sand Island, audio and tactile interpretive signs, and more.

“The support of Kwik Trip is a major step towards the goal of accessibility in the Apostle Islands,” says Rennicke. “It is through the support of Kwik Trip and all who care about our national parks, that we can truly make a difference.”

If you would like to add your support to the Access for All campaign go to the Support Us page of our website or send a check to Friends of the Apostle Islands, P.O. Box 1574, Bayfield, WI 54814.

Infinity symbol in green and orange Access for All

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