With your help, Friends of the Apostle Islands has reached its fundraising goal of $325,000 for its Access for All initiative. “It takes all of us to make a difference,” Friends Executive Director Jeff Rennicke said in announcing the achievement, “and with the help of nearly 200 individual donors and more than a dozen caring, supportive corporate sponsors, we did it together.”
This phase of the Access for All campaign focused on access issues at Meyers Beach, a popular mainland unit of the Lakeshore where kayakers and beach walkers are faced with a steep 45-step stairway tumbling down a 23-foot sand bank, a major obstacle to many paddlers and beachcombers alike.
As a part of this effort, Friends will provide half the construction costs of a new 520-foot ramp with a 3% grade that will make beach access safer for everyone.
Conceptual drawing of Meyers Beach ramp and viewing platform
In the end, however, success in projects such as Access for All is not measured in dollars raised. It is measured in the dreams they can fulfill.
“I know that I am a more confident, braver and happier person from being part of these adventures. I think I’m a better person, a more engaged, and responsible citizen. I know too that the value I feel as a person has been heightened from these acts of inclusion. We all deserve to be included. We all deserve to feel the power, see the majesty, and be inspired by our ethereal National Parks.
Read our coverage of the many milestones in the Access for All campaign here. Stay tuned for more details on the progress of this exciting project and further information concerning its timeline.